We’re collecting Gelball Stories from the community and we want YOURS!
Each Gelball Story will be reviewed and once approved listed below.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Supporting my hobby
Enjoyment relaxation and a great stress relief from work
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.
Great way to spend time keeping fit, and meeting like-minded people.
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.
When I got accepted into the group and talked to a few of the members I feel like I was being accepted by people. I felt really positive and more confident. I felt like a made friends that are active and outside all the time. My friends stay at home and play games and never go outside. I was all alone with no friends to ride my bike with and hang out outside. Perth GBG is full of supportive wonderful people who are willing to help and give to the new comers like me and a lot of people. They offered me free gel balls extra magazines so I can have a better experience in the game. These people know how to have fun and enjoy their lives and make other’s feel better. People may see us as bad people with “real looking guns” but if they see how we treat each other within our community I believe they will instantly change their mind. If we as a group lived in the same community I believe we would be the best community in Perth.