Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
107
Title
Legalise Airsoft equipment
Grievance
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the sport of Airsoft is illegal in Victoria and Australia, yet it is a popular sport enjoyed by people all around the world.

Airsoft is a competitive team sport that is similar to paintball. It is enjoyed by teams of players in skirmish scenarios who are eliminated from the game if they are shot by an airsoft gun pellet. The Airsoft pellets are typically propelled by a gas canister out of a replica air weapon called an air gun. The term ‘Airsoft’ is used, as the projectiles are toys that are designed not to injure players and therefore the sport relies heavily on the honour system with a player calling themselves out of the game when hit.

Victoria Police will not issue authorisation for Airsoft gun importation because there is no approved range in Victoria to undertake these war games, and because their militaristic appearance plays a part in their perceived undesirability. Yet these issues, along with all the others associated with the sport of Airsoft, can be addressed and remedied.
Action
The Petitioners therefore request that the Government support all necessary policy initiatives, administrative actions and changes to legislation required to facilitate the legalisation of the purchase of, trade in and use of Airsoft equipment, and support all the commercial activities that are associated with the sport.
Closing Date
2019-09-11
Not tabled signatures
1144
Total signatures including previously tabled
1144

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Status
Open
Sponsor
Mr Tim Quilty