Airsoft Laws & Regulations

  1. Airsoft Laws Interceptor August 26,2017

    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and nothing in this article should be treated as legal advice. The reader should carefully study both local laws as well as the laws of their country for more detailed information. Introduction One of the appeals of airsoft is the realistic look of the airsoft guns. However, this is also problematic as they can be confused with real guns. The two arguments used to restrict airsoft guns are: 1)Realistic-looking weapons can be easily...
  2. Airsoft is Being Attacked, Again! MA Moves to Make Airsoft Illegal

    Massachusetts has introduced a new proposal (Bill H3476) which alters the definition of an "imitation firearm" in the Commonwealth and introduces strict penalties to the sale or use of the newly defined "imitation firearm." I elaborate below, however for us airsofters, this bill effectively makes the sale or use of airsoft replicas illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It also gives law enforcement the ability to confiscate any newly defined "imitation firearm" which is not being...
  3. Anti-airsoft mandatory marking bill to take effect Jan 1

    Last September, quietly and without comment, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed Senate Bill 199 into law. The measure, which had virtually no support from the airsoft community or larger gun rights lobby in general, will have an effect on how California airsoft and milsim manufactures and participants have to mark their guns starting next week. "Imitation guns have caused far too many tragedies. The deaths of children as a result of toy guns should be a wakeup call for airsoft...
  4. Pennsylvania lawmakers move to step up marking requirements for airsoft

    "In a situation where someone is defending themselves against a perceived threat, the determination as to whether a gun is real or fake needs to be made within a split second," says a Philadelphia area state representative who is backing a move to add more markings to a number of hobby, airsoft, and toy guns. (Philly Police image via wiki) The measure introduced would ban the manufacture, sale or importation into the state of any such gun that did not meet the new guidelines under penalty...
  5. Boston makes it official: No replica handguns in public spaces

    Last Monday Boston Mayor Martin Walsh signed a local ordinance backed by community leaders and the Boston Police Department that will now make it a crime to have a replica handgun in public to include pellet guns, paintball, and airsoft. The move comes as BPD contends they have picked up 150 replicas off the street in association with crime in recent months. However, the Department, who chronicles seemingly every gun impounded on their official Facebook page only has one air gun, an Umarex...
  6. Town moves to restructure ordinances to allow for airsoft

    An Oregon town is seeking this week to modify laws currently on the book whose overreach includes clamping a lid on airsoft guns to a degree. The City Via Visit Bend Located more or less in central Oregon, the city of Bend is the heart of Deschutes County. With a population estimated at upwards of 80,000, Bend is the fifth largest city in the state in terms of population. The nearby Cascade Lakes offer up tons of tourism opportunities as does the large tracks of pine forest and over 300...
  7. Airsoft misunderstanding leads to arrest

    A 16-year-old in California wound up on a trip to juvenile hall after an Instagram account with a poorly chosen name and rumors boiled over, bringing in the local police to sort out the issue. The town Roseville, in Placer County is in Northern California near Sacramento. A city of some 128,382, it was named by CNN Money's "Best Places to Live" study in 2008 as one of the Top 100 of "America's best small cities in the country, for its low crime rate, high paying tech industry jobs, and...
  8. California SB-798 (A Senate Bill that affects all of us)

    SB-798 is a California proposal now being considered to become law and will require all airsoft replicas to be manufactured in bright colors or to be clear so as to see the inner workings of the replica. The change in appearance to an airsoft replica as described by the proposed law will have a direct negative effect on the airsoft community for Milsim and Reenactment players in California and will impact the rest of the country as well by effecting the product we can buy, jeopardizing law...
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