Australian Border Force (ABF) seized 45 Gel ball air soft guns intercepting 16 separate parcels. These guns were bound for addresses across Western Australia.

Gel ball air soft guns are controlled as firearms under sections of the Customs (Prohibited Imports). Anyone who wish to import firearms must obtain permission before bringing any firearms into Australia. This includes imitation firearms.

Australia has firm laws about what one can bring into the country from overseas. Items that may be legal to purchase in other countries can be illegal in Australia. For example, items like laser pointers, gel ball guns, blowpipes, knuckle dusters, nunchakus and throwing knives are not allowed without proper procedures.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) advice for travellers is that if you are unsure whether to declare your goods, the best thing to do is to declare them. Penalties for false or misleading information are severe and may result in your goods being taken from you. If in doubt, declare it.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) advice for travellers in this regard is that if you are unsure whether to declare your goods, the best thing to do is to declare them. You can also check with customs brokers in Perth. Penalties for false or misleading information are severe and may result in your goods being taken from you. If in doubt, declare it.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) also advice never to carry goods for other people. Especially if you do not know them well. If you do not know exactly what you are carrying and if those goods are prohibited or restricted, you will be held responsible.

As a result of search warrants conducted by ABF and WA Police Force in Canning Vale and Bertram, 18 gel ball soft air guns, gel ball ammunition and parts for soft air guns were recovered.

At Canning Vale, in addition to firearms, drugs were also recovered. WA Police Force arrested and charged a 32-year-old man with one count of cultivating a prohibited plant, possessing a prohibited drug and drug paraphernalia.
The offence of importing goods without the relevant import permission can attract a maximum penalty of up to $450,000, and or imprisonment for 10 years.

 

Buying prohibited items from overseas websites can land you in trouble

 

Overseas websites may sell items that are prohibited in Australia. At the same time these overseas websites will be complying all rules and regulations of that country. However Australian buyer from overseas website should ensure that he has complied with all Australian rules and regulation. All import requirements, including relevant permits and authorisations. He can get into trouble otherwise.

For illegally importing an unfinished firearm silencer that he purchased online from a US-based website, a Perth man has been fined $6,533. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to one charge under section 233(1)(b) of the Customs Act 1901. Since the purchase is directly from a website it is not clear at this time if the importer used the services of a licenced customs broker in regional Brisbane.

WA Rod O’Donnell, Regional Commander, Australian Border Force (ABF) said gun enthusiasts should be aware of Australia’s strict firearms regulations. They should be aware of the complications arising out of purchasing weapons and accessories online. He also felt that the penalty imposed in this case should serve as a reminder to all purchasing weapons online.

Importing of these items are controlled since these items can be extremely dangerous and can pose a threat to the Australian. Those attempting to import prohibited weapons, including firearms and accessories, can lose imported goods and face criminal prosecution, according to provisions of the law.

Those who import firearms and accessories without following proper procedures, permits and authorisation can end up with imprisonment for up to ten years and fine fines of up to $525,000 or both.

During the year 2016-17, Australian Border Force officers initiated proceedings in 1709 detections. This included undeclared firearms, parts and accessories. People who buy goods online should keep in mind that all items purchased online will have to go through scrutiny of Australian Border Force.

ABF request public with information on illicit importation of firearms, to contact BorderWatch by visiting www.border.gov.au/borderwatch. Anyone who give information can remain anonymous.

Here’s some more information on how to legally import firearms and weapons and you can also get relevant information from a licenced customs broker.

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