I’ve been abused in the past for hating on Australia. I’d like to take this moment to write some positive words about this country. Specifically, I’d like to talk about Australia’s super-happy protective gun laws.
Let’s start with the backstory. Nolan sent me an airsoft gun from Korea. Customs in Australia seized it and sent me an 8-page letter detailing the reasons for seizure and the methods for claiming the gun. Bottom line, I need an import license, the same license I’d need to import a high-powered hunting rifle, to import this $5 toy plastic gun.
Australia is so eager to protect its citizens that it has classed a toy gun in the same category as real rifles. I need a license to import it, but to get that I need a license to own it, but to get that I need a REASON to own it, and to get that I have to get permission from a landowner to shoot it on his property.
Someone who owns land needs to give me written permission to shoot a plastic gun on his land.
The government needs to give me a license to shoot this plastic gun on his land.
The government needs to give me a license to import this plastic gun to shoot on his land.
The government needs me to apply to get my newly licensed toy gun out of customs.
Let’s be clear: It’s a plastic gun. It shoots plastic pellets. It has a spring inside, it’s not a high-powered maglev CO2-driven armour-piercing plastic gun. It can’t pierce the skin of any normal human.
Booyah, Australia for the win!
Update: I called customs. this is what they said.
[ Aug 25 2006 ]
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