Gelball Stories

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Gelball made my life better, and they’re taking that away.

Gelball (gelsoft) and gel blasters were an important addition to my life. With it, I gained a new hobby and made new friends who also had gel blasters. I have a lot of fun messing around with and talking about gelball and gel blasters with friends and communities online, and practicing reloads and fiddling around with my blasters is both a fun time waster and a good way to keep my ADHD in check. I have also gotten closer to friends thanks to gelball.

How did you first get into gelball?When I was 14, I heard about gelball and gel blasters through a schoolmate, who showed me the online gel blaster retailer known as "Tactical Edge Hobbies". I was instantly hooked.
How would you feel if they banned gelball?It would be horrible to lose gelball. I would lose so much, such as strong friendships, and life would be less fun altogether.
Name:Mitchel Smith

Can’t believe it

Before gel ball I didn’t have any hobbies all I wanted to do is play call of duty on my pc, doing this has lead to weight gain, depression, and no friends. An advert popped up on my Facebook about a second gel blaster for sale and It was the same gun I used on call of duty. I obviously bought it and went to my local gelball field. Since then I have lost a lot of weight playing social games and I have also made new friends. Gelball is a great SPORT to get into. I love gel blasters and can’t believe that WA is banning it for really flawed reasons.

I can’t afford to get a gun license to play paintball and plus it hurts too much. Gel ball was the perfect fit for me, it fit my budget and helped me develop new technical skills which I will carry with me for ever.

Why does Australia have to ban everything. We are a joke in the eyes of other countries.

How did you first get into gelball?I got into gel ball to get off computer games and lose weight
How would you feel if they banned gelball?Can I sue for emotional damages?

please dont take our sport away.

As an older gelball sports person , gelballing on friday nights has brought so much fun and laughs back into my life. To me this fun and the wonderful new friends and people at Perth GBG is absolutely priceless. To take this sport away from the members of perth GBG club, and all the other gelballer clubs who do the right thing by following all the safety rules is an absolute shame. I hope that the gelblling community can somehow convince the police minister Paul Papalia and police commissioner Chris Dawson to drop this unfair ban, Gelballing is a truly fun sport for the benefit of everyone from the young to the old.

I wish us all the best and may the force be with us.

How did you first get into gelball?I was told about gelball sport by a good friend.
How would you feel if they banned gelball?Absolutely devastated, honestly.
Name:Vincent Cronan

Please don’t ban Gel Blasters! We are not a communist country are we?

Having two sons with Autism, they deal with much stresses having a gel blaster has given them so much joy and a positive focus in life. We have bird problems were we live so their goal is to keep the pesty birds under control by doing boarder patrol around our yard on a daily basis. They never abuse their privileges, they never go out in public with them, when friends visit their guns remain locked up etc. They have learnt to be responsible and understand the consequences if they were to breach these rules which they have never done. To take these guns away will cause meltdowns, anxiety will be through the roof and I am deeply concerned about their mental wellbeing. The direction given by the Police Commissioner / Minister for Police was extremely disappointing they current government is very imbalanced and there doesn’t appear to be much consultation in this decision. There was a lot of holes in the interview upon the announcement ie. the guns being converted which they can not, the threat to police officers (they cannot shoot unless the person holding the gun does), 147 callouts based on the fact there is approximately 150000 gel guns within WA no body has been hurt, one hold up (they could have easily purchased a gun from Kmart and spray painted it black for example) this is just some examples and then for the police commissioner to say go an get another hobby to say that to an Autistic child that is unacceptable.
once again the government has made a ruling without community engagement and the emotive examples used are not factual. In other States they have tackled this differently and come up with workable solution, why not WA

How did you first get into gelball?Through word of mouth
How would you feel if they banned gelball?So disappointing especially compared to other states who allow them to be licensed will loose a lot of faith in our current government.

Discrimination of law abiding gelblasters

Many of my friends play gelblast, yes i understand the concern of the similarity of some of these toys to real firearms, but majority of the owners are law abiding and respect the laws.
By making the gelblasters illegal in WA you are only going to stop a growing population who enjoy this sport, if a criminal is going to commit a crime, they are doing so with that intent in mind, wether it be with a real firearm, replica, gelblast toy, knife, machete or pair of scissors. And we all know criminals dont follow the law so what makes you think banning gelblasters will make any difference to them.
what is going to stop them legally purchasing them interstate and posting or driving them into WA? The fact it is illegal…..? Just like all the drugs and real firearms that these criminals currently attemt to bring into WA. Make the penaltys for drugs and serious offences more respectable than a slap on the wrist or a short term stay in a 5 star prison. Once apon a time you were shiped to another country for stealing a loaf of bread, now that type of offence isnt worth the time to the police. And these people know it and this is how they live, at our expense.

How did you first get into gelball?I have not yet played
How would you feel if they banned gelball?With all respect to the police minister, there should be more public interaction before just making new laws, he is the minister for the people, not his own agenda's
Name:Shane Bell

So much money lost

I originally got my first gel blaster years ago and now own 4, as well as my friends own 1 or 2 each. We all loved to take them camping or up to our friends big property and have fun with them!

We never used them in public or pretended they were real guns, and I myself have spent at least $500 on them over the years. That’s a lot of money to now have to just throw away!

When I purchased them they were a LEGAL TOY and now to have to hand them in without any compensation because some individuals have done bad with them is completely unfair. It basically means I have lost all that money never to get it back…

The police need to change this law or at least offer some form of compensation. These toys were just a cheaper fun way to play paintball with some mates without having to fork out ridiculous amounts of money on ammo.

How did you first get into gelball?A friend introduced me
How would you feel if they banned gelball?I would be enraged at the money I've lost
Name:Jonty Robertson

Supporting my hobby

Enjoyment relaxation and a great stress relief from work

How did you first get into gelball?Childhood memories of playing army men
How would you feel if they banned gelball?Complete crap and fear mongering
Name:Senard ka searle

Gelball has provided a space

Gelball has provided a space for anyone from young children to war veterans to enjoy themselves and be part of a community. Not only is the physical side enjoyable for people, but also the technical side. If gel ball was to continue, I would definitely be taking part in matches, which in turn would improve physical and mental health.

How did you first get into gelball?I bought a blaster just for plinking in the back yard
How would you feel if they banned gelball?Very upset, my only hobby has been stripped from me


Great way to spend time keeping fit, and meeting like-minded people.

How did you first get into gelball?Love of outdoor sport
How would you feel if they banned gelball?Incredulous as to why this happened in the first place. Blasters cannot be rendered to fire real ammunition. It’s impossible.

pls unban gel blasters

It has meant alot it is a good stress relief and a very fun sport that is one of a kind. I have also spent some money on it.I have made alot of new friends and the community is one of the greatest communities ive met.

How did you first get into gelball?I was told by a friend
How would you feel if they banned gelball?If they banned gell ball they would remove alot from alot of peoples lives including a VERY unique hobby,stress relief,money,time and jobs.I would honestly feel very sad.
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