Play paintball without a permit

Published: 3 Jul 2019

New laws will make it easier for everyone to play paintball, including a simpler permit system.

Under the new laws, players won’t need a permit to play paintball. Permits will only be needed to own a paintball marker, operate a paintball business or bring a paintball marker into NSW from overseas.

Paintball markers will no longer be considered firearms but recreational sporting devices. The use of paintball markers remains restricted to authorised venues.

Other changes include:

  • reduced compliance burdens for the industry
  • the minimum age for players reduced to 12 years of age
  • paintball marker sharing arrangements between venue operators
  • specification of what protective clothing and equipment is required
  • mutual recognition of applicable interstate permits.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the new laws will ensure paintball markers are not treated in the same way as firearms.

“The NSW Government have listened to feedback from players and the paintball industry in order to get the balance right, and produce a good, common-sense regulation,” Mr Anderson said.

Find out more about the new paintball regulations

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