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ACT Firearms Legislation – Paintball change update!

By kieran AP - 4 July 2008 47

G’day ….this is another paintball update, so as always, if not interested please feel free to look elsewhere 🙂

The ACT Firearms amendments passed last night, including three paintball specific provisions:
1. The approval of personal ownership of markers in the ACT.
2. The recognition of interstate/international ownership eg you can take your martker to NSW and vice versa.
3. The participation age has been reduced to 16.

Now, I don’t know the final wording yet or any conditions attached to the above, but it is a step in the right direction!

I will post updates at when I have them, for those interested!

We will look at having a ‘gala’ day with demonstrations etc some time soon!

cheers, Kieran

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ACT Firearms Legislation – Paintball change update!
peterh 4:54 pm 04 Jul 08

kieran AP said :

@Skid: Yep, thats me, hence the ‘AP’….wasn’t trying to make a big deal of that though given the whole 2CA viral thing….(although more than happy for Missjill to model some of the smaller cams 🙂

Kieran

I second that request…..

kieran AP 4:50 pm 04 Jul 08

@fnaah, WMC above…in this day and age of course the use of the term gun has negative connotations, however, the use of the term ‘gun’ has many definitions in common use (as per WMC nail gun and caulking gun, as well as spear gun etc) which do not relate directly to a ‘gun’.

The legal definition of a what is commonly refrred to as a ‘gun’ actually refers to a firearm in legal/AFP definitions. A ‘firearm’ fires ammunition which is normally a combination of a ‘propellant’ and a ‘projectile’. Paintball markers do not fire ammunition, but do fire a CO2 propelled ‘projectile’.

Longwinded way of saying there are many reasons for not calling a paintball marker a ‘gun’, some historical as per my previous email, and some legal etc . But in practice 90% of clients at my field call it a gun 🙂

fnaah 4:28 pm 04 Jul 08

WMC, I think there is also a big push from the paintball enthusiasts to distance themselves from the word “gun”.

If you define “gun” as somehting with a barrel that uses propellant to expel a projectile, then yes, it’s a gun – but so is a teenager with a straw and a wad of chewed up paper.

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:50 pm 04 Jul 08

Ah. I shall have to go home and relabel my nail ‘dispenser’ and caulk ‘applicator’.

Skidbladnir 3:46 pm 04 Jul 08

The viral thing gets wheeled out when a single-post wonder puts up something easily linked to a brand which otherwise has no news content, and they don’t pay advertising occasionally.
(ie: “Did you notice that Store XXX is offering a YY% discount to students who bring in Z or more friends?”, or “Wow, when I was listening to (Serendipity Skimbleshanks on ABC National Drivetime or Suresh and Randy on FM105.5) they mentioned (public relations and marketing hyped incident), does anyone know where I can get my copy of (apparently scandalous item) before they sell out?”)

Others either have a degree of deserved goodwill associated with them, (like Gary Singh of a certain restaurant which makes a fine butter chicken), or people who are willing to join in RiotACT and be normal humans as well as posters (Troy Williams, Candidate for Fraser, for example).

You score get to fall into both categories as paintball is fun, (the paint only tastes bad the first time, and bruises heal), have been posting here since 2006, and score bonus points for the previous ad-buy, helping to keep Johnboy and Jazz off the streets.

kieran AP 3:13 pm 04 Jul 08

@Skid: Yep, thats me, hence the ‘AP’….wasn’t trying to make a big deal of that though given the whole 2CA viral thing….(although more than happy for Missjill to model some of the smaller cams 🙂

Kieran

Skidbladnir 2:53 pm 04 Jul 08

Kieran, aren’t you also the guy who runs Adventure Paintball (hence the kieranAP), out behind Calwell?

jakez 2:50 pm 04 Jul 08

Very good news to see some sensible legislation (oxy moron?) coming out of the Legislative Assembly.

I’m dying (sorry Maelinar) to play paintball, but it’s hard to find enough friends to want to do it with me. I guess I run with the wrong crowds.

I also didn’t know how far political correctness had entered into the world of paintball. Wouldn’t want the kiddies to get the wrong idea I suppose…

kieran AP 2:43 pm 04 Jul 08

@Avy: I agree
@fnaah: still waiting for the AFP to work out the implementation of the legislation, but then you will be able to own a marker!
@BerraBoy 68: send me an email, I sponsor a semi pro team, hold novice tournaments etc (follow link in original post)
@WMC: Not really PC. Markers evolved from CO2 powered devices used to ‘mark’ cattle with paint dye in the US over 30 years ago. These paint dye ‘markers’ were modified over time to become the paintball ‘markers’ of today.. so not really PC…
@Peterh: I agree 🙂

cheers, Kieran

Mælinar 2:38 pm 04 Jul 08

WMC – a paint marker is not a ‘gun’.

It’s also not very correct to call a paintbrush a gun.

Unfortunatly, in this modern world of ‘guns’ and other violence inspiring wording, its VERY necessary to differentiate between what is, and what isn’t, a gun. It was VERY foolish for paint markers to be categorised as ‘guns’ in the first place.

On a side note, its also why you don’t say ‘Your dead’, or ‘I killed you’ to an otherwise living person you just either tagged or marked with your marker.

I’m somewhat taken to believe that is also why they no longer use red paint in paintball – although this merely heresay I’m now reflecting.

peterh 2:30 pm 04 Jul 08

BerraBoy68 said :

Played Paintball once for a work outing and had a ball. Can anybody advise what is the cost of getting into paintball as a sport and how do you go about joining, or creating, a team?

did you have 2 balls before you played??

a box is a wise investment….

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:22 pm 04 Jul 08

Stupid question – is a ‘marker’ what most people would call a ‘gun’? Has the world gone so PC that we can’t call a gun a gun anymore?

BerraBoy68 2:17 pm 04 Jul 08

Played Paintball once for a work outing and had a ball. Can anybody advise what is the cost of getting into paintball as a sport and how do you go about joining, or creating, a team?

fnaah 1:41 pm 04 Jul 08

Wooo! Is there any provision for sales of markers in the ACT?

Avy 1:39 pm 04 Jul 08

Good news!

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