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Post by rizky76 on Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:24 am

Australia

Airsoft guns
are federally banned, although Airsoft Australia have made significant
progress in legalisation and are expecting a December 2008 final
decision on the proposed bill.

Austria

* Airsoft guns and pistols are allowed, but restricted to maximal 0.08 joule for persons under 18 years of age.
* All users that are at least 14 years old do not need their parent's permission.
* Airsoft guns and pistols more than 0.08 joule can be purchased in
specialized weapon shops only and all users have to be at least 18
years old

Belgium

* Airsoft guns and pistols can only be bought at officially licensed
dealers, who carry a government permit along with a certified weapon of
defense (W.O.D.) to import and sell firearms.

Bulgaria

* Airsoft is a legal sport in Bulgaria and there are no restrictions placed on the guns.
* People between 14-18 years old need their parents' permission. For the rest (18 and above) there are no restrictions.
* The Bulgarian law considers Airsoft guns to be Airguns - you don't
need any documents, licenses or anything else to possess them.
*
However, shooting in "protected" (quote from the law) areas is
forbidden. Protected areas are schools, administrative buildings and
other public property. Also, shooting with an Airgun/Airsoft gun in
public areas is forbidden.
* There are no restrictions about
carrying, possessing or using Airsoft guns in Bulgaria. There are no
restrictions about the age of the players (traders don't sell
Airguns/Airsoft guns to minors <18 though).
* There are no restrictions about lasers, flashlights etc. Basically, you could put anything on your gun.
* There's no need the end of the barrel to be painted in orange (like in the United States)
* There are no restrictions about the power of the Airguns/Airsoft guns
- you could buy an 1J Airsoft as well as an 80J PCP Airgun
* There are no restrictions about carrying Airsoft guns in public areas (it is not a good idea, however).

Canada

From the Canada Firearms Centre's fact sheet on airguns: [1]

* Airsoft guns that closely resemble real firearms are classified as
replica firearms and can only be imported by companies possessing a
Business Firearms License. It is unlawful to sell or transfer replica
firearms without this license.
* Above 500 ft/s (150 m/s) and 5.7 joules, air guns are considered controlled firearms and must be registered.
* No legal distinction is made between airsoft and true firearms when they are used for the purposes of crime.
* In Ontario the minimum age to purchase airsoft is 18. Children under 18 must be supervised by someone over 18.
* Airsoft guns imported into the country by private citizens are at
risk of being seized and destroyed at the border by customs agents. The
few Canadian airsoft retailers that exist take advantage of this fact
and the prices are high in comparison to other countries.

The People's Republic of China

* In the People's Republic of China, it is rumored that airsoft has
been made illegal in mainland China. However, it is essentially an
underground sport, and local authorities turn a blind eye to it. This
enables the sport to flourish within the country, and market stalls and
shops continue to openly sell airsoft guns, despite the official
legality situation. It is legal in China's SARs (Special Administrative
Regions, such as Macau and Hong Kong), but this legality is likely to
be suspended in lieu of the upcoming Olympic Games.

Macau

* In Macau, China, all airsoft guns are legal but may not be fired with
a muzzle energy above two (2) joules of kinetic energy.

Czech Republic

* Airsoft guns have the same status as real firearms, yet they fit into a category where no gun license is needed.
* The use of airsoft guns is allowed for players that are least 18 years old.
* Airsoft guns may not have an energy greater than 16 joules.
* The use of laser sights and flashlights is forbidden.
* Usage and open carrying of airsoft guns in public places is highly forbidden.
* Playing is forbidden in places which are freely accessible by
civilians - it can be played only on places that are private and closed.

Denmark

Airsoft guns are mentioned in the Danish "Våbenlov" (Arms control legislation).

* You have to be at least 18 years old to buy, hand over and possess airsoft guns.
* You can use airsoft guns, on police approved sites, with a permission slip, at the age of 16.
* A firearms certificate is not required.

Finland

* Visible transportation of replica firearms in public areas is
forbidden. All replica firearms must be covered with something, for
example, a weapon case.
* Land owner's permission is needed to play airsoft in any area.
* Minors (under the age of 18) are able to purchase airsoft guns only with written permission from their legal guardians.

France

* Visible transportation of replica firearms in public areas is
forbidden. All replica firearms must be covered with something, for
example, a weapon case.
* Land owner's permission is needed to play airsoft in any area.
* Minors (under the age of 18) can only buy or use airsoft gun which are under 0.07 joules in power.
* Airsoft gun may only have a power under 2 joules , otherwise they are considered to be a weapon and must be registered.

Germany


* Airsoft guns under 0.5 joule are considered toy guns and can be
freely sold to all persons above 3 years of age. Distributors agreed to
raise the limit to least 14 years of age. [This is realized and the
limit is thus 14 years]
* All airsoft guns between 0.5 joule and
7.5 joule must be bolt-action or semiautomatic only and can only be
sold to people 18 years or older. These are considered "free" firearms,
as a result:
o Sales of guns of more than 0.5 joule are allowed only in weapon shops.
o Guns must be marked with the trader's weapon abbreviation and a
F-in-a-pentagon mark as well as the airsoft gun caliber (such as 6 mm
BB).
* Target illuminating devices and lasers may not be attached
to guns but are legal otherwise. For example: possession of a
flashlight is allowed, even shooting with the flashlight in one hand
and the gun in the other; but attaching it via mount ring to the rail
system of a gun is not. Devices made specifically for the purpose of
being attached to a gun (like certain flashlights with integrated
foregrip for mil-spec rail) are prohibited.
* While the possession
of airsoft guns is allowed, the actual use in a game is (at least)
hotly debated. For sure, most players using guns with more than 0.5
joule muzzle energy leave Germany to play in countries like France,
Belgium, Denmark or the Czech Republic.
o More information can be
found at Airsoft FAQ on laws in Germany, which covers more complicated
issues like the "Kleiner Waffenschein", issues with the OWiG §118 in
Bavaria and a definition of the term "combat shooting".

Greece

* The airsoft is basically an underground sport in Greece because the
law is a little foggy. According to law the airsoft guns are not real
firearms and they are free to purchase from shops.
* The airsoft
guns usage and buying are not permitted for people under 18 years,
however it is possible with parental supervision.
* It is prohibited to have any replica gun in public sight. This is threatened as illegal possession of a real firearm.
* The use of lasers, scopes and flashlights on a replica weapon is prohibited by the law.

Hong Kong

* In Hong Kong, all airsoft guns are legal but may not be fired with a muzzle energy above 2 joules.
* You are only allowed to play airsoft in private areas and non-country park areas.
* You may not reveal the airsoft guns in public areas.

Hungary


* The laws for airsoft in Hungary are simple (however there are
additional rules). They're classified as airguns under 7.5 Joules.
Fully automatic operation is legal. There is no age limit for buying,
but minors (between 16 and 18) can only use them under the supervision
of an adult.
* Airsoft guns can only be sold in licensed gun shops
and these guns must have the proofmark of the "Hungarian Firearm
Proofing Authority" (www.mkh.hu). An inspection of the gun is required
for private import.
* Shooting of airguns: must be confined to a
railed off private property or a shooting range. No pellet/BB should
leave the range or property.
* Modification: modification of an
airgun for higher muzzle energy is prohibited, but under 7.5 Joules
there is no legal penalty for such act (above 7.5 Joules airguns
classified as firearms which require license).
* Transportation: unloaded, in a closed case/bag.
* Storage: unloaded, gun separated from pellets/BBs, closed container,
unauthorized persons should not have access to the gun
* Above the
restrictions of law there are additional rules named "Hungarin Airsoft
Regulation" or MASZ for short. All well-organized games (99,9 percent)
are played by these rules.
* MASZ specifies the gun to use 6mm BB-s
with the ballistic energy up to 1,7 Joules with any shooting type, up
to 1,5 Joules semi-auto or spring or up to 1,1 Joules automatic in CQB
(Close Quarters Battle), 3,3 Joules with one-shot spring or half-auto
weapon that can used only over 20 meters and only by adults. It
contains expectations for the right protection (mainly for the eyes)
and other useful rules and instructions for ingame and other situation
like: surrendering, pyrotechnic, injuries, civilians, and orders for
correct operating of guns.

MASZ: [2]

Indonesia

* In Indonesia, there are no strict rules about it, and still under no
consideration by the government as to whether airsoft guns are treated
as "toys" or are almost equal to real guns. However, airsoft were first
brought to Indonesia circa 2000 - 2001. The founders of Indonesian
airsoft communities put some restrictions on airsoft games.
o For
example, airsoft players are prohibited to upgrade their gun to above
100m/s, or they'll be rejected from the community.
o Anyone who
wants to buy an airsoft gun, must be at least 18 years old and know the
regulations and rules about the airsoft gun.

Some events have
occurred that are perceived as endangering the continuity of the hobby,
such as some robberies in which airsoft replicas were used.

Therefore,
in order to control its grown, there is a govt authorized club called
PERBAKIN (Indonesian Shooting Club) which is currently appointed by
police to accommodate Airsoft as a new born sport. however, this
information about Perbakin is inaccurate, an anonymous tip informs that
PERBAKIN do not have any agenda whatsoever relating to airsoft

Most
likely that the Airsoft will be under IPSC supervision since one of the
sport type can be categorized as IPSC (practical shooting) and not just
only skirmish (war game).However this statement can only be a wishfull
thingking cosidering how little the government's attention in this
activity. Govt don't approve skrimish as a sport, they only permit
Target shooting and IPSC only. In other words, if you want to play
Airsoft, you should become a member of this Perbakin Club and not
participating in skirmishes, but only in IPSC.

Ireland

The
status of Airsoft in Ireland was changed after the 2006 Criminal
Justice Act, which amended the previous Firearms Acts from 1925, 1963,
1972 and 1990.

Where once authorization or a license was
required for all devices which fired a projectile from a barrel, The
law now defines a firearm as (amongst other things);

an air gun
(including an air rifle and air pistol) with a muzzle energy greater
than one joule of kinetic energy or any other weapon incorporating a
barrel from which any projectile can be discharged with such a muzzle
energy

The aim of this change was to establish a minimum power a
device must have to be classified a firearm in order to eliminate the
legal oddity where toy suction cup dart guns and the like were legally
classified as firearms, thus bringing Ireland into line with the rest
of the EU. In this case, one joule was used as the limit, as opposed to
seven joules in Germany, 12 foot-pounds force (8.9 J) in the UK and so
on. The one joule limit most likely arose from UK case law where it was
found that energies in excess of one joule were required to penetrate
an eyeball (thus causing serious injury). As a result, airsoft devices
under one joule of power have been declassified and have become
perfectly legal to possess and use within The Republic of Ireland.
Those over one joule of power remain perfectly legal to possess and use
within the Republic, so long as a firearms certificate is applied for
and granted by the local Garda superintendent - but they are at this
point classed legally as actual firearms.

Most airsoft devices
over one joule cannot be owned in Ireland, because they have no
individual serial number a firearms licence cannot be issued


Israel


Airsoft
guns are classified as "dangerous toys" which makes airsoft illegal to
import, manufacture and sell. This law is not very well enforced,
however, and it is possible to find retailers who import MPEG level
airsoft guns and also AEG level airsoft guns.

Israeli airsofters
have created an airsoft association in an attempt to make airsoft legal
- Girit "Girit Airsoft Association in Israel"("גירית – עמותת איירסופט
לישראל"). Girit is cooperating with the Israeli Shooting Federation,
joining it shortly as a member and cooperating with other governmental
authorities in an attempt to make airsoft legal in Israel. For more
information you may refer to http://www.airsoft.org.il


Girit
Airsoft Association has established cooperation with USAPSA, Ukrainian,
Slovenian, Swedish and Czech airsofters. An Israeli national airsoft
tactical shooting competition took place near Beit Berel March 2007.

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Re: International legal issue

Post by rizky76 on Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:25 am

Italy

Airsoft guns and
pistols are allowed a velocity below 100 m/s (328 ft/s) i.e. equivalent
to 1 joule: under the law, airsoft guns are not classified as firearms.
You can buy and sell it both from stores and from another private
citizen.

* Red tips must be present on the barrel ends of the
airsoft gun when they are imported and sold by a store. Once you own
the airsoft gun, you may remove the red tip; however, the similarity
between genuine firearms and airsoft replicas is close enough to
provoke interaction with law enforcement personnel if an airsoft gun is
mistaken for its real counterpart. Airsoft used to commit a crime is
treated as if you had the real gun, assault weapons carry an extra
mandatory sentence in addition to the regular punishment for the crime
committed.
* The minimum age to purchase airsoft and/or use it
during a regular match is 18, or 14 if accompanied by a parent or legal
tutor.
* Usage and open carrying of air soft guns in public places
is forbidden. You can play in a private property away from public
sight, or in a well-delimited private or state property after having
asked the local authorities for a limited-time permit (usually from 6
to 48 hours), and having alerted the local police command, to avoid
alarmed citizens calling for emergency.

Japan

* In Japan, airsoft guns are legal, but may not shoot with a muzzle energy above 0.98 joules.
* Legal requirements are set on airsoft model manufacturers to prevent
any possibility of a replica weapon being converted into an actual
firearm.
* Standards include (but are not limited to) use of
low-melting point metals and non-ballistic plastics in structural
components and incompatibility of mechanical components with actual
firearm components and mechanisms.
* The overall litmus test used
by the Japanese National Police Authority is whether the replica weapon
can be made to chamber and fire an actual round of ammunition.
*
These standards have proven successful within Japan, as it has been
found that criminal elements discovered that it is significantly easier
to purchase an actual illegal weapon in comparison to modifying a
comparatively fragile replica into a functional firearm.
* Due to
this reality, most crimes involving a threat of physical violence are
often perpetrated with edged weapons, as firearms seen in public are
(by default) believed to be toys by the public at large.

[edit] Luxembourg

All airsoft guns are treated under the national weapon law and demand a personal user certificate.

Lithuania


Registration
of any sort is not required for airsoft weapons, however, they are only
available for purchase to people over 18 years. Airsoft players have
established unofficial set of rules, which regulates the behavior of
players, belonging to the community.

Netherlands


The
law places full restrictions on Airsoft Weapons, rendering possession
illegal. When one looks at the Dutch law on this subject, airsoft is
not explicitly mentioned, and the characteristics of airsoft weapons
would place the weapons in Category I of the Dutch gun laws (legal to
own and operate without a license). However, the Dutch Ministry of
Justice can make exceptions, which it has for airsoft weapons, (The
reason given is that the weapons look so realistic, that they can be
used for intimidation), placing airsoft weapons that are 1:1 replicas
and/or realistic in Category IV (illegal without any possibility of
acquiring a permit). The sport itself has the same legal status as
paintball, but since Airsoft players prefer 1:1 realistic replicas the
Dutch players travel to Belgium instead.

New Zealand

Single-shot
and semi-automatic (all automatic weapons require a special restricted
endorsement) air-powered weapons are legal to possess and use in New
Zealand, provided that the person is either over 18 years of age, or 16
with a firearms license. A person under 18 may not possess an air gun
but may use one under the direct supervision of someone over 18 or a
firearms license holder.

It is illegal to use these weapons in
any manner that may endanger or intimidate members of the public
(pointing, brandishing, etc) except where there is reasonable cause,
such as an Airsoft game.

Police, New Zealand, Airguns Factsheet, . Retrieved on 24 July 2007

Norway

The Arms control legislation (Våpenforskrift) requires:

* One to be at least 18 years old to buy, hand over, possess and use airsoft guns.
* A firearms certificate is not required.

Philippines


Organized
airsoft started in 1985, and interest in the hobby had gone up and
down, several times over the past 20 years. The airsoft gaming
community initially conducted their games in secrecy, but in the recent
years has reached the mainstream due to the tremendous surge of
newbies, owing to the advent of cheap China-made airsoft guns. Airsoft
teams are mostly clan organized, with a number of groups claiming
representation, to a certain extent, of the local airsoft community,
organizing and coordinating between local teams, especially during big
events where hundreds of players from teams all over the country
converge on selected venues for friendly tournaments.

Letter of
Instruction 1264, a Presidential Directive, signed by former President
Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1982, bans the import, sale and public display
of gun replicas, but purchase of airsoft guns and the movement of
airsoft players are largely untouched by the government, with only a
few confiscated shipments marring that record. No direct regulations
have been placed on the airsoft community, and players of all ages and
background are welcomed to play.

Philippine law considers any
contraption a firearm if it fires a projectile larger than 5.5 mm in
diameter, however, local media has suggested that airsofting will soon
be considered officially legal provided there are a few exceptions like
the proposed ordinance of repainting the replica gun to make it look
less realistic and more distinguishable from an authentic firearm
(similar to laws in the United States). However given the structure of
the Philippine government and their method of operation, such a
ratification may take several years to be processed.

As of 24
July 2006 the-then Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar
Calderon has signed a Memo approving a petition for classification of
airsoft guns as air guns under current PNP Rules and Regulations dated
29 January 1992, and thus providing an opportunity for legal ownership
and transport of airsoft guns under specific conditions. Despite the
approval of the memo its validity is still a subject of debate. Under
Philippine law, a memo from the Chief PNP amending the PNP Rules and
Regulations cannot over rule/repeal or amend a Presidential directive.
Only the Legislative body, the Supreme Court or the present President
can do so. Since the PNP has the authority to classify what constitutes
a gun replica and airsoft guns were deemed different from replicas
there maybe no need to repeal LOI 1264 in order to achieve full
legalization of airsoft in the Philippines.

At present, the
current PNP Chief Director, General Avelino Razon Jr has signed an
improved version of the 2006 Memo. This new Memo sets the ground rules
for the proper handling of airsoft guns. Airsoft guns must now be
registered and airsofters must also sequester a permit to legally
transport their guns to accredited game sites. Unregistered airsoft
guns may be confiscated.

Poland

Airsoft
guns fall into the same category as paintball guns and air-powered
weapons up to 17 Joules and are available to people over 18 years of
age, registration of any sort is not required. This, however, is not
strictly enforced and many cheap spring replicas may be found in toy
shops (due to common practice of labelling them as "toys"). Generally,
the police considers airsoft replicas toys rather than "non-lethal
weapons". The Polish airsoft community has formulated "Airsoft Rules",
an unofficial set of rules regarding airsoft as a whole. While they are
not enforced in any specific way, abiding "Airsoft Rules" is a sign of
"playing fair" and belonging to the community. Excerpts from "Airsoft
Rules":

* Eye protection must be worn at all times during the game.
* Brandishing replicas in public places is not allowed. Doing so may lead to ejection from the community.
* Local law enforcement (police, Forest Guard etc.) must be informed
earlier about every airsoft game taking place in the area.
*
Players between 16 and 18 years of age are able to participate in
airsoft games only with written permission from their parents.

Portugal

Airsoft
is legal in Portugal under the name of Softair. Softair falls into a
specific category designated as "Arma de softair" or in English
"softair gun". According to the new Guns and Ammunitions Act (DR - Lei
n.°5/2006 de 23 de Fevereiro - Regime Jurídico das armas e suas
munições) some of the main excerpts are:

* Any softair gun must be totally or partially painted in fluorescent red or yellow color;
* Maximum energy level at muzzle exit must not exceed 1.3 Joules (or 374 fps);
* Softair gun purchase is limited to:
o Minimum age of 18;
o Only for sport practice;
o Buyer/gun owner must be registered in a softair federation;
* Softair players/gun owners don't need to possess Public Liability insurance;
* Other special limitations may apply to softair gunsmiths and players.

This information is an excerpt of the law, for further information refer to full document (DR - Lei n.°5/2006).

Romania

Law nr. 295 from 2004 (Regimul Armelor şi Muniţiilor) regulates all use of weapons and associated ammunition:

* The law is quite unclear (in what concerns airsoft weapons) as to
whether this kind of weapon classifies as "non-lethal weapon" or "toy".
* The law regulates the use of air-powered weapons (e.g.
sport/competition use, that use a metal projectile) under "non-lethal"
category and solely requires that you (1) are at least 18 years old and
(2) register your weapon at the police precinct nearest from your
location.
* The law specifies that usage of night vision (infrared)
or laser aiming devices designed for military use is completely
restricted to members of the army and associated entities even if the
aiming device is used on a lower-restriction category weapon (e.g. such
as on an airsoft gun). The law, however, does not restrict in any way
the use of aiming devices not designed for military use.
* The law
specifies that, should you attempt to use a non-lethal or replica gun
to perform (or attempt to perform) armed robbery, you shall be
prosecuted as if a real gun was used.

** Airsoft and paintball
replicas can not be covered by Law nr. 295/2004 regarding the Guns and
Ammo regime (Regimul armelor şi al muniţiilor), they are not listed in
the law's annex as a gun because of their destination and mode of
operation, therefor there's no need for an authorization to buy, own
and use them.

** A new addition to the law 295/2004 was made at
17/02/2008 called OUG 28/2008 wich restricts evenmore the forms and
regulations.

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Re: International legal issue

Post by rizky76 on Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:26 am

Slovenia

* One has to be at least 18 years to buy airsoft guns.
* If the velocity of an airsoft gun is below 100 m/s (328 ft/s) i.e. equivalent to 1 joule, it is considered to be a toy.
* If the velocity is higher than 100 m/s (328 ft/s), the airsoft gun is
classified as a section D weapon in the Firearms control legislation of
Slovenia. Additionally Air Soft Clubs and National Shooters Association
in Slovenia recommend that airsoft gun velocities should not be above
100 m/s (1 J).

Spain

Airsoft guns are regarded as low power weapons and AEGs must have:

* Semiautomatic rifles and pistols: less than 2.4 joules
* Other automatic electric guns: less than 1.00 joules and local police validation.

Sweden

One
must be at least 18 years old to buy and own airsoft guns. If you are
under 18 a license is required. Players in Sweden are often very
protective about this, and do not like players under 18.

In
order to possess a gas, air or spring operated firearm without a
license the impact energy of a projectile fired at a distance of 3
meters must be less than 10 joules. If it is semi or fully automatic
the impacet energy must be less than 3 joules.

Switzerland

* Airsoft guns are not considered as subject to the weapon legislation and no permission is necessary.
* All kinds of laser sights are forbidden.

United Kingdom

There
are currently certain restrictions on the possession of airsoft
replicas, which came in with the introduction of the ASBA (Anti-Social
Behaviour Act 2003) Amendments, which prohibit the possession of any
firearms replica in a public place without good cause (to be concealed
in a hard gun case or sealed container only not to be left in view of
public at any time) . The prohibition of self-contained gas cartridge
weapons similar to that made by Brocock can arguably apply to Moscarts
and BB-Shower grenade systems, however a formal case precedent has yet
to be set. There were initial concerns among the airsoft community that
the Violent Crime Reduction Bill (passed an Act in November 2006, but
not yet commenced) would in future prevent airsoft skirmishers from
buying realistic imitation firearms. However, on the 20th of September
2006 the Association of British Airsofters (ABA) received a letter from
Tony McNulty (Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime
and Policing at the Home Office) saying that he has "decided to provide
a defence for airsoft skirmishing in relation to the ban on the sale
etc. of realistic firearms". There has been confirmation airsoft will
receive an exemption. This letter has been scanned and reproduced on
the ABA website [3]. Note that membership of the ABA may be required in
order to view the letter.

Since then, the Bill has received
Royal Assent, and while now Statute Law in the UK, is still a matter of
some (at times heated) discussion in the UK Airsofting community - not
least of which the question as to how the Act, and Specific Defence,
will work, the process of which is still being decided upon at the Home
Office, at the time of this edit (5th December 2006).

The
Defence will be based on whether or not a person is a Skirmisher. One
of the measures put in place by retailers to aid in identifying
Skirmishers is a database of skirmishers registered in a central
database. A person must be a regular skirmisher (i.e. skirmish 3 or
more times in no less than two months) in order to be registered, and
the airsoft site they register/skirmish at must hold public Public
Liability Insurance. Once a skirmisher is registered they receive a
membership card and must produce this before buying or trading airsoft
weapons from these retailers, though not a legal requirement (As long
as you can prove that you are an airsoft skirmisher you may purchase
Realistic Imitation Firearms or RIFs. (Airsoft guns deemed to be
realistic.) It is expected that HM Customs & Excise will also have
access to the database to verify the identity of importers.

The
VCRA (Violent Crime Reduction Act) came into effect as of the 1st
October 2006, thus meaning that RIF (Realistic Imitation Firearms) can
only be purchased by registered members of an airsoft skirmish site
(accessories and ammunition are not covered by the VCRA). Only those
people over the age of 18 can purchase Replica Imitation Firearms. IF
(Imitation Firearms), however, are still legal and may be purchased by
anyone 18 or over, regardless of membership status. These usually take
the form of "Two-Tone" guns - normal Airsoft guns, that have been
painted in bright colours in order to mark them out clearly as
Imitation Firearms and not Realistic Imitation Firearms.

United States


* Under Federal Law,
o Airsoft guns are not classified as firearms and are legal for all
ages under federal law, as well as the laws in each state. However, in
some major cities and population centers the definition of a firearm
within their respected ordinances includes propulsion by spring or
compressed air, thus subject to applicable laws.
o A 6 mm minimum
orange tip must be present on the barrel end of the airsoft gun to
identify it as such for any commercial sales. [1] Once sold, local laws
may vary on whether or not the orange tip must be kept - in many
places, no laws exist restricting one from removing or replacing the
orange tip, but one should check the local laws before making such a
modification.
o Airsoft guns' trademarks must be removed where the
manufacturer does not have an existing license agreement with the
manufacturer of the real fire arm. For example: Classic Army has a
licensing agreement with Armalite, so the trademarks can stay on
imported replicas of Armalite's weapons. In practice enforcement is hit
or miss. You might get an "unlicensed" gun through customs with
trademarks intact, while a licensed gun might be held in Customs by an
uninformed customs agent. House Resolution 607, sponsored in early
2007, would change this if passed, allowing imports to retain
trademarks even if there is no agreement between the real firearms
manufacturer and the replica manufacturer.[2]
o In addition, the
similarity between genuine firearms and airsoft replicas is close
enough to provoke interaction with local law enforcement personnel if
an airsoft gun is carried openly in public.
o If someone were to,
for example, attempt a robbery with an airsoft gun, they would be
charged as if the airsoft gun were a real firearm.[citation needed]
* New York City requires that all realistic toy or imitation firearm be
made of clear or brightly colored plastics; furthermore, New York City
makes possession of any air pistol or air rifle or similar instrument
in which the propelling force is a spring or air, unlawful without a
license. See New York City Administrative Code § 10-131(b) and New York
City Administrative Code § 10-131(g)(1)(a)[3]. The rest of New York
State is unaffected by these laws, and there are no state regulations
limiting or prohibiting airsoft.
* Michigan allows the purchase of Airsoft guns. However, they must have an orange tip on the barrel.
* Texas allows Airsoft guns to be owned but most cities require that
the Airsoft guns be discharged only while outside city limits.
* Some cities in Illinois considers shipping or distributing airsoft guns illegal.

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Re: International legal issue

Post by rizky76 on Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:26 am

source:
http://airsofterjournal.blogspot.com/2008/07/airsoftgun-legal-issue.html

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Re: International legal issue

Post by cupumeong on Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:31 am

INDONESIA
"airsoft were first
brought to Indonesia circa 2000 - 2001."

I think it is not 2000-2001,but late 80's or early 90's. I bought my first airsoftgun it's in 1991 even though it is not AEG but Spring airsoftgun
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Post by rizky76 on Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:33 am

Yeah I still remember buying my first spring replica at Indonesia Mall somewhere in the '90s (I think I bought a glock 17 and a sig sauer p226 ... can't remember anymore Smile ). The rifle replica's weren't available yet at the time, maybe in Jakarta or other big city, but not in Bogor though.

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Re: International legal issue

Post by zhoel on Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:33 pm

up..up...dulu bro....biar forum lebih hidup dan ramai... Wink

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Post by Mousey66 on Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:50 pm

HI!, i am newbie to airsoft, i currently work offshore in indonesia and live in jakarta. erm, i am not sure but can i order airsoft from hong kong to indonesia?

alot of people told me you can't some said you can. can anybody please confirm with me?

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Post by dvsone on Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:58 pm

You cant import a bb gun from hong kong to indo

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Post by anak nakal on Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:22 pm

up..up...dulu bro.. Smile

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Re: International legal issue

Post by rizky76 on Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:25 am

First legal AEG in Holland finally approved by government .. YAY!!
it's "The Star Ika Zuchi"


Source:
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