VIC Legality Of pneumatic launcher.

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ATK0001

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Hi,
I’m wondering what the law states about pneumatic launchers, Are they classed as firearm/Weapons.
 

Rob Legat - SBPL

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I’m not overly familiar with the Victorian weapons legislation. But, my understanding is that something like this would be considered a ‘dangerous article’, on the basis it’s not within the list of ‘controlled weapons’. the basic rule with a dangerous article is that you must not have a dangerous article in a public place without a lawful excuse - such as it being a necessary part of your job, and you’re performing functions which require you to have it with you.
 

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What reason do you have for wanting one?
 

Rob Legat - SBPL

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Science project as in ‘this is part of a structured assessment for an education provider’, or science project as in ‘it would be awesome to launch objects over distances in the name of science’?
 
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Tim W

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Let me put it to you in crayon.

Anything you propel vertically, that is in the nature of a toy, or an experimental, rocket or aircraft - > less likely to be a problem.
Anything that you propel other than vertically, if it's not an obviously low powered toy, even if it doesn't look like a gun,
will almost certainly be a problem of some kind.

If we are talking rocketry, then you may care to do a keyword search of the CASA website for "rocket"
 

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Well, ‘school project’ would indicate the first option, so we’re still none the clearer.