Australia to License Toy Guns. Again. Still.

Queensland, to be precise. “ANY ITEM that looks like a gun will have to be licensed under several changes to the Weapons Act being considered by the Queensland State Government,” reports. “Even guns made out of materials as unlikely as soap or plastic may have to be kept under lock and key if they could ‘reasonably be taken to be a weapon’. The draft act [click here to download] says an imitation is a ‘reasonable copy’ of a weapon that is not capable of causing death or injury.” When only criminals have toys, the government is toying with its citizens (or something like that) . . .

“Geoff Jones, state president of the Sporting Shooters Association, said the crackdown on imitation weapons risked making ‘otherwise law-abiding people into criminals’.”

Already there, mate. Commentator BaSH PR0MPT gives us the 1223 on toy gun regs in the Land Down Under:

This has been the case in New South Wales since the buy back in 2001-2 (?) or the compensated confiscation. I know several props guys who work in the movie industry who up and quit the country because even inoperative plastic firearms have to be registered. There’s also a buearocratic catch 22 involved; the toy needs a serial number to register it, but it has to be categorised through application to be given a serial number, and it can’t be categorized as a firearm because it’s 1. a toy, 2. plastic and thus a serial number can be altered or rubbed off. So even if you try and obey their laws you’re still a criminal! 😛

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