If you want to participate in paintball regularly, then you will need the appropriate equipment. This undoubtedly includes the marker or paintball marker. There are rules and regulations, however, governing the game and who can play. Right now, you may be wondering to yourself, ‘do I need to have a licence to own a paintball marker?’
The answer is either yes or no, depending on where you live. If you want to purchase your own paintball marker, you need to be aware of the laws governing your state and carry the appropriate license, if one is required. It is your responsibility to research the rules and regulations in your area and act accordingly. Otherwise, you could face serious legal consequences such as fines or possible imprisonment.
Now that you know laws related to paintball, and therefore licenses, differ from one state to another, let’s take a closer look at this in more detail below. We will discuss whether or not paintball markers are illegal, what permits you need in order to own a paintball marker and who is allowed to own one.
So, if you’re ready to learn more about the legalities surrounding paintball markers (guns), then let’s get started!
Currently, there are no existing laws in the United States that prohibit the possession of a paintball marker by a legal adult. They are generally considered to be a type of airgun, such as a BB, and therefore airgun laws apply rather than firearm regulations.
However, there are other restrictions that apply, including how to legally carry or transport a paintball marker. Laws surrounding paintball markers vary from state to state so you need to contact your local law enforcement or government representative, just to be sure.
You only need a paintball marker license if it is considered a ‘firearm’ or ‘weapon’ where you live. If it is, you will likely need to fill out an application form, complete a Firearms Safety Awareness or Training Course and pay a permit fee, for a maximum number of years as pre-determined by your local governing region.
In order to apply for a paintball license, if it is deemed a firearm in your area, you will need a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license. It must contain current and accurate information regarding your date of birth and address. It must also be accompanied by a recent photograph.
You must also be prepared to provide information on any prior arrests or convictions, should it pertain to you. Regulations vary from state to state, but in most cases, felons are not granted permits to legally own a firearm. In addition, you will be asked to submit a background check, which usually takes several days to finalize.
Depending on where you live, you will likely need a firearms license and a permit to acquire a paintball marker, if it is classified as a ‘weapon.’ For example, there are laws in both New Jersey and New York that regulate the sale, use or transportation of weapons, such as paintball markers.
Is Carrying a Paintball Marker Illegal?
It is illegal in the United States to carry a loaded and fully-functioning paintball marker in public. However, you can carry one if it is dismantled and inside a metal box. The gears must be taken apart and in pieces for the marker to be considered legally non-functioning.
Any adult can legally own a paintball marker, as long as he or she is not a felon and applies for the appropriate permits beforehand. In most cases, paintball markers are considered to be a type of airgun rather a firearm. However, it is important to exercise due diligence and take the necessary steps to ensure you’re legally covered when it comes to owning, transporting or using a paintball marker.
There are currently 10 states with statutes that regulate paintball markers. These include the following:
In Australia, paintball markers are considered firearms. To purchase one, you must have a PTA (Permit to Acquire) or a relevant equivalent based on where you live. In order to legally obtain a shooters license, you must also complete (and pass) a firearms safety and/or training course.
The legal age limit to play paintball in Australia varies from state to state, territory to territory. It ranges from 10 years old, which is the minimum age in South Australia to 18 years of age in Victoria. In New South Wales, the legal age is 16 years old.
Paintball markers are not deadly weapons. They simply cannot shoot fast enough, nor is the projectile heavy enough to cause permanent damage to or seriously harm another human being. There has never been a recorded case of anyone ever being killed by a paintball. It can, however, hurt a lot if you get hit at high speed or at close range on bare skin or a sensitive body part.
According to the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, official law enforcement agency of the United States Justice Department), paintball markers are considered firearms, however, felons can still play the game.
The law states that anything requiring a propellant to fire a projectile is considered a firearm in the strictest sense. These include paintball, airsoft and pellet markers. Therefore, by this standard, anyone convicted of a felony is allowed to play paintball but cannot legally own a paintball marker.
Playing paintball requires a significant amount of equipment. For safety reasons, every player must have a marker (or marker), a safety mask (to protect the eyes and face), paintballs (or ammunition) and a loader to hold them. For additional safety off the field, a barrel sock (or plug) is also necessary.
The law in most states makes it illegal sell, rent or give a paintball marker to anyone under 18 years of age without written consent of the potential owner’s parent of guardian. Kids under the age of 18 can use a paintball marker to play on an approved range or gaming area, as long as they are under parental supervision or in the presence of a responsible adult.
In conclusion, whether or not you need a license to own a paintball marker depends upon where you live. Laws differ from country to country, state to state. If you want to own a paintball marker, you need to be aware of the laws governing your region and carry the appropriate permit, if necessary.
It is your responsibility to research the laws in your area and act accordingly. Otherwise, you could potentially face serious legal consequences, including a hefty fine or even jail time. Always check with your local law enforcement or government representative before purchasing a paintball marker.
And remember, be smart, be safe and have fun!
The information in this article is true and complete, to the best of our knowledge. It is the responsibility of the reader to determine what laws are in place to regulate the purchase and use of paintball markers in his or her local jurisdiction, which includes permits and all applicable requirements. We disclaim any liability in connection with this information.