The police in Queensland, Australia, confiscated an air-powered T-shirt launcher from the Townsville Crocodiles, an Australian pro-basketball team, by claiming the popular device is a “category B weapon” that must be registered with the government.
The Crocodiles general manager, Rob Honan, said the Queensland Police “ballistics unit informed the venue that essentially it was a category B weapon and it needed to be handed in, otherwise people in possession of it would be prosecuted,” according to the Brisbane Times.
The Queensland Police explained that the T-shirt launcher must be licensed and registered to the user, and because of this, it also must be properly manufactured — it cannot be homemade. The police explicitly stated that such weapons “can only be manufactured by a licensed armorer.”
By applying the label of category B weapon to a PVC pipe which uses air pressure to launch t-shirts, authorities have placed the T-shirt launcher “in the same category as a single shot centre-fire rifle, a double barrel centre-fire rifle, a repeating centre-fire rifle, a break action shotgun and centre-fire rifle combination.”
The Townsville Crocodiles are now thinking about getting a slingshot with which to launch shirts into the crowd.
A better example of the insidious nature of gun control would be difficult — if not impossible — to find.
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