For those who aren’t aware, the ACT Firearms Legislation was amended this Jul, with amendments coming into effect 15 Jan 08. I have a few enquiries with the AFP that I am still waiting for responses for regarding the actual implementation of the new laws, however, the paintball specific elements of the legislation at this time are:
1. Age limit for participation has been reduced from 18 to 16. There will be the requirement for parental consent forms to be presented before play, but otherwise no particularly onerous restrictions. I will be updating my website with the parental consent forms once the AFP have an approved example. Adventure Paintball will be running a number of promotions through the school holidays regarding the new age limits.
2. Personal ownership of markers. At present paintball markers are prohibited weapons in the ACT. After Jan 15 you will be able to apply for a ‘license’ with a specific category for markers. The actual licensing model is still being addressed by the AFP and again, when details come to hand I will place the info on my website.
2a. What is known is that a person will have to satisfy a MANDATORY requirement to have participated in 4 tournaments prior to applying for the license. The field operator ie me, will then have to provide the detail to the AFP who will then issue the appropraite license. This is to restrict marker ownership to the ‘serious’ paintballers. If you want to know the back ground for that requirement, send me an email (it wasn’t my idea!)
2b. Adventure Paintball will be running a series of Friday twilight/night tournaments through Feb/Mar to allow people to qualfiy for their marker license.
2c. Once you have a marker, you have to store it in compliance with the Firearms legislation. At this stage it appears that only fields will be able to store markers (but again I am waiting for clarification from the AFP). Again, I will update as more info comes to hand.
2d. No advice yet on costs or requirements for PTA, or waiting periods. Again, as soon as I know info, it will be on my website.
3. Recognition of licenses granted in other jurisdictions. This will allow people who have markers legally licensed elsewhere to have that license recognised in the ACT. Still a problem for people from NZ, US and most of Asia where markers are classified as toys and aren’t licensed, but still a big step forward for the ACT.
3a. Importantly this will mean you can now bring markers in and out of the ACT for general play, tournaments etc.
Overall, a huge step forward for paintball in the ACT.