THE state government has tightened regulations on replica firearms, including gel blasters.
Gel blasters are made to look like real fire arms but shoot polymer water beads.
Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Brian Connors said the change of legislation would come into place from February 1.
The legislation details:
- When not in use, gel blasters must be stored securely in a locked cupboard or a bag, but not necessarily in a gun safe
- When being transported, a gel blaster has to be out of sight in the boot of a car or in a bag that does not silhouette a firearm
- Anyone owning a gel blaster must have a reasonable excuse for having one, for example, being a collector of replica weapons, or a member of a club that uses them recreationally.
Commissioner Brian Connors said since 2018, more than 100 people had been charged with misusing a gel blaster.
"Replica firearms, such as gel blasters, can look similar to handguns, shotguns and rifles from around the world," Acting Assistant Commissioner Connors said.
"It is incredibly important for all people possessing replica firearms to familarise themselves with these new rules...
"The 'Stop and Think' campaign will continue to promote the safe use of gel blasters as a popular pastime, support small businesses that sell equipment and supplies, and ensure community safety.
"The public's safety is of the utmost importance.
"Gel blasters and other replicas can look very similar to real firearms, and we don't want them used to threaten people or commit crimes.
"We want to see all owners adhering to the new legislation with responsible storage, transportation and use of Gel Blasters.
"We continue to encourage members of the public to report inappropriate behaviour."
For more information visit police.qld.gov.au/units/weapons-licensing.