A while ago, a Paintball Arena was opened close to where I live. My friends and I were excited, so we went looking for how to own a paintball marker. We went to the police station and they told us that all we needed was a shooters licence and a permit to acquire. Sounds easy no? I go back, not 3 months later, they've changed it, now I need a FULL shooter's licence and this permit to acquire because they're now prohibited weapons.
This means I have to be 18 instead of 16 to play paintball. I also wonder why its easier to get a 100% dangerous gun that should never be pointed at someone, than it is to get a sporting gun that is MEANT to shoot people. Saying that, people who only want a Paintball marker and not a real gun now have to be allowed to own a real gun before owning a less lethal weapon. Yes, we're letting people use real guns before we let them play games with guns that don't even use bullets.
I ask, what do you think is more dangerous, a crazy man running down the street with a fully loaded .303 rifle or a crazy man with a paintball marker. From what the current law says, a bolt action rifle is less of a threat than a paintball marker. Id prefer to be shot by a paintball than a rather heavy chunk of lead, might hurt a bit but at least id be alive.
The information for this rather unthought through law is on the NSW police website under community issues/firearms/firearms permits/paintball gun.
We, the undersigned, request the NSW government to change the Paintballing Laws to a degree that is fitting for a sport, allowing all paintball markers to be easier to purchase for anyone who wishes to participate solely in a game of paintball along with any modifications the seller can provide.
The Review NSW Laws regarding Paintball Markers petition to Whoever made the current Paintball Laws was written by Josef Murwood and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.