Below you will find a list of everything located on this page in viewing order, please take the time to read everything here as it is very important that you fully understand the laws and what you can and can't do with Airsoft. These will be updated as more information is made available.
First I would like to point out that the AASA promotes SAFE and LEGAL use of Airsoft here in South Australia. The list that follows is all the Current SA only! Airsoft Laws and regulations that have been confirmed.
These are the "Laws" that we have seen and heard about, but have no official proof to clarify there authenticity.
These will be updated and either moved to Confirmed or False sections as evidence to there authenticity is acquired.
The AASA SAFE and LEGAL use of Airsoft in South Australia and do not endorse any Illegal or incorrect use of Airsoft. As currently only Target shooting in permitted we will not have any skirmish rules listed but if in the future it is confirmed that we are allowed to skirmish we will post them up.
Here is a flyer from the Australian Customs Site regarding Airsoft.
Firearms Branches Contact Details
Official SAPOL Airsoft Article
There has been a long standing debate between Airsoft enthusiasts and the Australian government about trying to get Airsoft legalized in all states and at a federal level. The government is currently arguing that it is Unsafe and Promotes unlawful and possibly even terrorist activities. The Airsoft community of Australia has been researching into this for a long time and has proposed strict rules and guidelines to help prevent any such activity.
We understand that the Australian Government wishes to protect its residents, but over policing an already highly regulated sport is not the way. There only real argument at present is that any sport where the purpose and goal is to fire “projectile’s” at another person, or the goal or by-product is to hurt another person , is not a worthwhile activity. Another reason is that most Airsoft guns are replicas of the real guns in use today.
As for the first point they have made, everything they have described is in essence “Paintball”, in fact Paintball and Airsoft are almost identical except for they fact that one shoots gas powered paint and the other is spring or electric powered 2mm plastic pellets. In both the objective is to capture and hold an area or flag using projectile non-lethal guns. Now as for injuries, it is widely known that Australia supports many sports which injury is either the goal or by-product, as an example kickboxing. The entire sport is based around injuring the opponent, whereas Airsoft uses safety equipment, and has highly regulated rules and regulations to curve misuse.
Now for the second point, we completely agree. It is a possibility that these Airsoft can be used in unlawful conduct, so it has been proposed that we follow the example the UK government has set. They have introduced laws where Airsoft guns must be at least 51% brightly coloured in Green, Orange, Blue, Pink and Yellow. This allows police and residents of Australia quickly identify the purpose of the gun as a quick glance and thus greatly reduced possibility that they can be misused for such activities. Like the above Orange MP5 and the Blue Pistol above, below are a few more examples.
Orange M3 Shotgun Orange G36
This sections sums up what you CAN and CAN'T do briefly.
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