Important Changes to Arms Act 1983 - Restricted airguns

Important Changes to Arms Act 1983 - Restricted airguns

A new category of “restricted airguns” has been created. A restricted airgun is an airgun that:

  • (With or without any of its attachments) has the appearance of being a pistol, a restricted weapon or a MSSA; or
  • Is designed for use in airsoft or paintball sports and (with or without any of its attachments) has the appearance of being a firearm capable of full automatic fire.

A permit to import is now required to import restricted airguns and there must be a special reason for the import. The same process that is currently applied to the importation of pistols, restricted weapons and MSSAs will be used. Applications can be made to your nearest Arms Office.