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Changes to Advertising of Paintball Markers in Victoria.

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Advertising Paintball Markers in Victoria

There has been a big change as far as the rules surrounding the advertising and selling of paintball markers in Victoria.
Beyond paintball these changes impact the sale and advertising of all firearms in Victoria.

So lets open with the big one….

Advertising Online.

Paintball markers and firearms can now be advertised online and no longer need to be done through a club or sport shooting magazine.
There is no longer a restriction on where paintball markers and firearms can be advertised. You can now advertise your paintball marker on facebook, gumtree, ebay etc without an issue.
There are certain rules that you will need to follow (refer below) but it is far more open than it has ever been.

Here is an excerpt from the announcement on the Victoria Police website.

“Places where Advertisements can be made

From May 2018, the advertisement of firearms for sale will no longer be limited publications of approved clubs or commercially published firearm or sport shooting magazines.

This means firearms can be advertised for sale anywhere, including online, provided that the advertisement details the serial number of the firearm for sale and the dealer’s details or the owner’s licence number as required.

Advertisements listed on third-party trading websites such as Gumtree or eBay will still need to comply with the service provider’s terms and conditions of use.”
Link to Victoria Police Announcement

 

Who can advertise paintball markers for Sale in Victoria?

If you own a paintball marker in Victoria, you can advertise if for sale. You no longer need to have a firearm dealer advertise a paintball marker on your behalf.
In the paintball industry, we unfortunately have not had the depth that is necessary to produce the magazines or sales infrastructure needed and the ability to advertise has been borderline impossible. Individuals can now advertise directly online or elsewhere provided that it includes the following information :

  1. A statement confirming that it will be sold through a dealer. (I would recommend nominating the dealer)
  2. Serial Number of firearm
  3. Sellers license number (don’t put other details such as exp date though)

Here is the wording from the Victoria police website:

“From May 2018, it will no longer be an offence for a person who is not a Licensed Firearms Dealer to advertise the sale of firearms if they include the following details in the advertisement:

  1. A statement that the proposed sale is to be arranged (i.e. brokered) through a Licensed Firearm Dealer (see s.101(1)(b) of the Firearms Act 1996);
  2. The serial number of the firearm being offered for sale (see s.101(3)(a) of the Firearms Act 1996); and
  3. The registered owner’s licence number (see s.101(3)(b) of the Firearms Act 1996).

Changes to rules on advertising do not:

  • Alter the requirement of the buyer to be correctly licenced to possess use and carry the firearm; or
  • Remove the requirement for firearms to be transferred between the seller and the buyer through a Licensed Firearms Dealer using a Permit to Acquire.”
    Link to Victoria Police Announcement

Some other changes to advertising of paintball markers

A few other small points that I have picked up which are quite interesting.

  1. You can advertise a paintball marker or firearm on behalf of someone else even if you do not hold the appropriate licence – so long as you are not in possession of it.
    “A person other than the licensed owner of a firearm can advertise the firearm for sale at the request of the owner, however, the person who placed the advertisement cannot keep the firearm in their possession unless they are also a licence holder who holds the same category of licence as the firearms being offered for sale and the capacity to store the firearms in accordance with Schedule 4 of the Firearms Act 1996.”
  2. If a Firearm dealer advertises the paintball marker for sale, they need to include the firearm dealer number, Serial number of marker and Licence of the actual owner.

Contact Snipers Den to arrange a transfer

We have the ability for firearm storage and transfers onsite now so the process is super smooth. Book your PTA electronically and get it all done onsite.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Get selling!

Get ready to buy!

 

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Melbourne Paintball League – Round 2 – 2/10/16

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Melbourne Paintball League – Round 2

With the success of round 1 of the Melbourne Paintball League, Round 2 has come up on us very quickly. We already have at least 3 new players that will be joining the Victorian paintball community. Once again, if players have some spare gear to bring so that we can help these guys get started, please bring it along. This worked really well last round but as more and more players are joining the ranks, the more important this will be.

As a reminder, as part of the Melbourne Paintball League, we have committed to having the tournament field dedicated to training. This means that you wont need to move off the field for rental players. We found this helped a lot last round as we were able to help player focus on getting time honing skills and getting game time. As it is only one day a month that we are opening this up we do encourage as many teams and players to take advantage of it and get plenty of time on field.

The Days Timeline

9.30 Gates Open

We figured that there is no point starting too early the day after the AFL Grand Final. Get in, have a chat and a coffee and catch up. We are expecting a slow start and a few sore heads from the day before so allow people to gather their thoughts if they look a little rusty. If you don’t recognise someone – make sure that you introduce yourself and help them get started if they need to.

10.30 Drills training

We are finalising who is running the drills but aiming for some really aggressive training to shake things up this month. There will be plenty to learn and practice here for new and experienced players alike. More info will be announced on this in the next few days.

Depending on how long the drills go, we might try to squeeze in a few scrim games before lunch as well.

Competition Paintball

One of the tournament players at Snipers Den

12.30 Lunch / Safety Course

Bring some meat for the BBQ and have a catch up. We want this to become a little more of the norm and part of the social side of paintball again. Otherwise there are plenty of food options close as well.

Meanwhile we will kick into the safety course for new players. We have 3 lined up already at this point. If there are any other people interested in getting involved, get in contact with Snipers Den Paintball and put your name down. The cost of the Safety course is $30 per person and includes a letter of support if you have started training with Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne to set you up for the Paintball Marker license application.

We have had a 100% pass rate at this stage and don’t expect that to reduce as we are happy to take a little extra time to take you through the material. If you are planning on completing the safety course, make sure that you bring photo id and we will take care of the rest.

1.30 – 2.30 approx League

The League will kick-off as soon as the safety course winds up. We expect this to be around the 1.30 mark but will be dependent on how quick we can smash through it all. If people finish lunch and are up for a game, jump on the field and get a few scrims in.

Those that have not yet been put into one of the 2 teams will be allocated before the League begins. We have setup the in house teams as the “Knights” v “Samurai” and will have more info on these soon as well.

We will be running 8 points again. Currently after the first round we have a 5-3 lead to the Samurai. We will allow sideline coaching of the new players from the sidelines again and any players that can help out with refereeing or calling hits would be appreciated.

Game time

After the league, players are welcome to hang around and get some more game time in as a team. We are already expecting to have several teams coming as a unit and this will be the time to play as a team unit. Anyone, not with a team is welcome to throw together a mixed bag side and get some game time as well.

We are enjoying the process of building up the Victorian paintball community and thank everyone for the continued support.

Cheers,

Mathew

Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne – Paintball league

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Melbourne Paintball League

We have finalised the details of the new Paintball League that we are launching from September.

Our main goal with the league is to have a regular training and competition to allow new players to enter the sport. We also want to make sure that existing players get something out of the competition and are exposed to the newer players that are entering the sport. We aim to link the event to a full day of drills and scrims to help further develop teams and players. Here is what we have in mind…

paintball melbourne

The Melbourne Paintball League is a new option for paintball in Victoria

1 day a month, dedicated field access

As most people now know, we at Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne have worked very hard to build what we think is the best tournament paintball field in Australia. We have now decided to open it up to competition players for the full day as part of the new league.

This means that the full day, all players participating will not need to stop playing for the birthday party and bucks party style bookings. This is a first for Snipers Den Paintball and a reinforcement of our commitment to tournament paintball in Victoria.

Structured Scrims and Drills

Prior to the paintball league itself we will be maximising the access to the field to make sure that paintball teams and players are training with the best drills and exercises led by the best paintball players in Victoria and where possible Australia. We are also hoping to include some international players where possible to grow the experience of players competing in Melbourne. The drills and scrims will be going from 9am and throughout the day. The Melbourne Paintball League itself will start from 3pm and continue for an hour or 2.

The League Itself

The idea of the Melbourne Paintball League is to start a different type of competition in Victoria.
There will be 2 teams at the start and if the idea grows we will expand it. We hope that the teams that support it will split their existing players between teams. We want this to be a separate type of competition to the team based ones. This will go a long way to allow new players to find a place in teams as they develop.

To begin with we will split the existing pool of tournament players which will form a base for us to direct new players coming into the sport. We will establish Captains which will help foster the new recruits and run the the team. You don’t need to attend every event but when you do you will play for the same league side each time.

For the league we will play 10 points, one day per month. Single point rather than race or mercy and teams will rotate players through to make sure that all players play an even number of points. The idea here is to make sure that newer players have an equal game time to the better, more experienced paintball players.

New players will be drafted to one of the teams depending on the players in the current roster. We will be providing jerseys free to borrow for players although players can wear existing jerseys to assist with sponsorship clashes if needed.

We have small prizes that we are looking at from a number of businesses to make it interesting but it will be far from sheep stations. The cost will be included in the standard field fee and paint will be charged at the normal field price.

The refereeing will be looked after by Jill Henty of Refs inc and will be supplemented by Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne staff as well. People who don’t wish to play can also volunteer to help referee if they would like to help. We will talk about the team side of things in more details but wanted to go over the broader strokes first.

When?

We will be running the Melbourne Paintball League on the first Sunday of the month starting September. We are planning on starting one week late to avoid Fathers Day. So we are looking at (for the rest of 2016) the following.

11 Sep
2 Oct
6 Nov
4 Dec

Same will go for 2017.

We are hoping to launch a separate website for the event – coming soon….
Please fbook or email any thoughts. If you want to read about the thought process that led us to this model click here Building Paintball Melbourne

Mathew – Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne
mathew@snipersden.com.au

How do I get my paintball marker license in Victoria

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We are often asked if people can buy their own paintball gun in Victoria.
If you are looking to play more competition paintball in Melbourne you will ultimately need to get your Category P license. Prior to 1996 you could buy a paintball marker (gun) using a category A or A/B license.

Melbourne Paintball Tournament

From 1996 onward the legislation surrounding the legality of paintball in Victoria changed and this included the rules for obtaining a paintball marker. Part of the justification for the change was the negative effect caused by paintball markers being included on the same categories as many rifles and shotguns. The issue arose when people began to apply for a gun license because they wanted to buy a paintball gun. The concern was that once they acquired a paintball marker they had the appropriate license that could be used to purchase firearms that they had no legitimate need for.

It was also observed that the the safety course required to obtain a category A/B license would not address the differences related to the nature of paintballing. The obvious component of that is that with a “real” firearm being a rifle or shotgun, the golden rule is to never ever point it at anyone. A great rule, but not as relevant when it comes to paintball. In fact it is the actual point of paintball…

As a result in 1996, the licenses separated and a new firearm license category was created. The Category P license allowed people to own paintball markers without the complications that arise from a category A/B license. A safety course, unique to paintballing was created. The paintball safety course was more suited to the realities of the sport. Snipers Den are now running safety courses to help facilitate people getting into the sport of paintball in Melbourne more regularly. Keep in mind that to play paintball in Victoria you do not need to be licensed. Even to train and compete you don’t need to get a paintball license. Ultimately when you do play competition paintball however you will eventually want to buy a paintball marker of your own and that is where the license kicks in.

If you want to own a paintball marker in Victoria you need to get your paintball marker license. The application can be downloaded from the Victoria Police Website. http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=34324 To support the application you will also need to have 2 supporting pieces. You will need to have proof of the safety course as well as a genuine reason for holding the license.

Safety Course
As far as the safety course goes, Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne is well equipped to help with. Currently we are running the courses every couple of weeks and you can give us a call to express your interest. The Paintball safety course goes for about 1 – 1.5 hrs and we generally cater for 2-8 people at a time. The safety course involves a video, a discussion on the safety of paintball and a multiple choice test at the end. At Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne we also include a run down on compressed air safety, paintball gas bottles including refilling and velocity checking (chronographing) of paintball markers. We will also discuss factors such as the storage and transportation requirements.

Genuine Reason for holding a Paintball Marker License
There are 2 easy ways to justify your paintball marker license. One is a letter of support from a paintball field. While this one is technically accepted it is not preferred as it is too open ended. The preferred option is to be a member of a Club as this has an expiry date and needs to be renewed. Very important – If you are a member of a paintball club, it is your responsibility to maintain the membership. If your membership lapses, this forms grounds to have your license cancelled.

Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne is expecting to have a club up and running by late September and in the interim, we can provide a letter to confirm that you are an active player. We will convert this to be a membership once we are established.

If you are interested in getting into paintball in Victoria please contact Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne on 0395683969 to find out when the next safety course will be.