President Obama likes to point to Australia as a model for the United States to follow, so whenever news stories like this pop up it’s important to consider what it’s really like in the land of Oz.
News sources say that a 27-year-old man who is a “military enthusiast” may be facing up to 5 years in jail because of his collection of airsoft guns. You can see his collection in the above photo.
Military enthusiast Corey Harrison, 27, has not formally entered a plea to a number of charges, including nine counts of possessing realistic Airsoft rifles.
Harrison had his sentence adjourned yesterday at Downing Centre Local Court for nine counts of possessing firearms, three counts of possessing prohibited weapons and two counts of possessing prohibited drugs at his Pyrmont unit.
Detectives from the firearms squad raided Harrison’s Bunn St unit in September last year, allegedly seizing nine Airsoft firearms including a replica AK47, Scorpion sub-machinegun, an L96 sniper rifle and a Glock pistol.
For those who don’t know, airsoft guns are replica’s of actual firearms but only shoot plastic bbs that at the most might leave a small mark.
Airsoft is growing in popularity in the United States as some play in airsoft matches for the fun of it and others for a tactical exercise
While airsoft is legal in the US and in many parts of the world, these fake guns are illegal in most of Australia as they are considered firearms and banned. You heard that right. Fake guns that shoot plastic bbs and that cannot be retrofitted to shoot actual bullets are in the same class as actual firearms in the minds of the Australian government.