Toy "gel blaster" guns will be banned in Australia amid fears they may be mistaken for assault rifles
- Blaster gel toy guns could be banned due to concerns that they are too realistic
- Guns shoot small gel balls, but they look almost identical to real assault rifles
- They are currently available in Queensland despite restrictions on firearm replicas
- The Australian border force seized more than 200 illegally imported firearms
Zoe Zaczek for Daily Mail Australia
There are calls to ban toy guns amid fears that they look too much like real assault rifles.
Authorities in Queensland are considering banning blaster gel toy guns that fire small gel balls, 7 News reported.
Toy guns are available without a prescription even though firearms replicas are restricted in the state.
The blaster gel toy guns (pictured) could be banned in Queensland due to concern that they are too realistic
Opposition leader Deb Frecklington said the realistic toy guns are "very intimidating looking equipment."
"I think fair trade should consider its ban," he said.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said officers would be willing to take action on replica weapons, even though gel balls are legal.
"If the weapon or the toy, as in the case, looks very similar to a real weapon, then we can take action," he said.
The pistols fire small balls of gel but look almost identical to the real assault rifles. They are currently available in Queensland despite restrictions on firearm replicas
The owner of Gel Blasters Australia, which has a legitimate permit to import and sell the toys, told 7 News that they believe his business is legal.
The Australian Border Force (ABF) seized more than 200 blaster gel firearms earlier this year that were imported illegally.
"The Australian Border Force is warning online shoppers and firearms enthusiasts to be very clear about Australian laws after an increase in gel ball bombs confiscated at the border," said a statement from ABF.
"Although they are often marketed online as toys, the devices are incredibly realistic, can shoot projectiles and can be very dangerous."
The Australian Border Force seized more than 200 illegally imported firearms at the beginning of the year. The owner of gel blaster Australia has a permit to import and sell the replicas of weapons