Customs from China

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1. Posted by btebski (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, my first post.

I'm currently in China looking around and picking up on my mandarin. I'm an aussie, and this is my first "long-term" (a few months) overseas trip.

I'm heading back to Australia in Early July - Phew! i need a break from this place - no cheese, cream or decent coffee where i am.

Anyway, I picked up a few presents for some friends, including the essential "bb-gun". I know its pathetic, but its one of those things - a trophy if you will, kind of a joke between a few of my mates.

Anyway, As a newbie to the world of travelling, I'm a bit worried about customs. I am in my early twenties, have long hair and a beard. Is it worth taking it (maybe 3 of them) back, or is it likely that they'll check through my main luggage and confiscate my prize?

I have no idea



2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

What is a bb-gun ?

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

It is an air gun that shoots pellets or BB's...
Usually a child's toy...but they have started making them look so realistic...and made of the same material as real guns...that people have been shot for what was thought to be a real gun. My son has a BB gun that looks exactly like a glock...It scares me that he has it. You can carry them on your checked bags on U.S. flights, but it can cause quite a stir in an ariport.
Isn't there any way you could mail them back home??

4. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

We call them Slug Guns in NZ Wocca, you guys might call them the same..

Not something I would want to be taking through customs though

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Australia has very strict gun laws especially since the Port Arthur massacre and the gun buy back program last decade.

Ben has sent me a message to say he is from Western Australia. They're gun laws are even tougher.

Not even a slingshot is normally allowed into Australia

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting CupCake

Isn't there any way you could mail them back home??

There would still be customs check on mail entering the country. Didn't you mention that you'd been a customs officer in the States, CC ?

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I don't know what the States are like, but there's mega effort involved in posting items in / out of Australia

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

BB-guns are not prohibited items W, and I was not a customs officer...I was a Mobile Screening Force Trainer for the Department of Homeland Security. (I trained the irritating people who hassle you in U.S. airports;))

But even toy-plastic guns are prohibited on the passanger area of an aircraft. Definitely not allowed in carry on luggage. But REAL guns are allowed in your checked bag as long as you have UNopened ammo in a separate container.

It would not be an issue in the U.S. to have any type of BB-gun in a checked bag. (Any 12 yr.old can buy one at Wal-Mart)

Thanks Fiona! I had never heard the term slug gun before:)

9. Posted by mjollner (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm not really a member here, but I stumbled upon your thread while googling Australian gun laws. Just a couple of points.

Firstly, when I was about thirteen I learnt that you can actually order BB guns in the mail from the back of Penthouse, Picture and a couple of other soft-core porno magazines. In the back, they used to sell handcuffs and stuff, police uniforms, other kinky garb and BB guns were part of it. Not sure if they still do.

One trick I heard was that you put the BB gun inside a roller blade boot, and the X-ray only sees the roller blades, not the BB gun inside it. So you could probably get away with 2 like that.

Another thing I heard (before the whole war on terrorism BS) was that you could get away with one or two, but if you brought in a larger amount they would think you were importing them. Security is tighter these days, but a customs dude might not care about just one or two. Three might be pushing it.

And to the guy who said that they were called slug guns, I think he's misunderstood. Slug guns fire metal pellets from either an air compression device or a high-powered spring. Slug guns are what you have at carnival sideshows where you shoot the ducks or whatever. BB guns are plastic toy pistols that shoot little plastic ball bearings (not very powerfully) and are practically harmless (although you can get gas-powered ones which shoot steel ball bearings). They are only illegal to sell because in Australia because in the hands of a small child they could theoretically take out an eye. The only projectile toys that are legal to sell here are those lame crossbows that shoot plastic darts covered in thick foam. I _think_ I am right in saying it's not illegal to OWN a BB gun, but if you carry one around in public you'll probably get it confiscated and/or a fine.

Well, that was longer than I intended, but I hope I've been helpful. If I was you I'd also steer clear of the Glocks, because they look particularly realistic, and the other reason BB guns are illegal here is because they can be classed as replica handguns.

10. Posted by stuffit (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

ive gotten away with about 7 bb guns and that is even after the 9/11 attack. We got some from japan there very good quality and there about $30 AU. anyway it comes in a box (unless u get it from some chinese cheap place. weve like brang home bb pellets, targets and guns and we just put it through the x-ray thing and yeah no problems. if u get caught i dont think much will happen i think if u just act like u didnt know they were illegall they will probably just confiscate it. i think the next time i go to japan i will bring back some and sell on ebay :O . just if ur playing u got to wear goggles. the ones in japan sell em for like $7 AU. me and my friends even have bb gun wars, and it does hurt if u get hit especially on the legs, feet.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 2, 2006 8:50 PM by stuffit ]