As part of the fight against crime in Arab society, a resolution was tabled by the government to change the laws applicable to Airsoft vehicles, which are now considered “dangerous toys” and are under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Industry, so that the restrictions and laws applicable to the Firearms Law apply. As part of this change, conditions will be set for import, sale and possession, as well as effective supervision, and at the end of the settlement process, the responsibility for the Airsoft area will pass to the Ministry of Internal Security.
Until the move is completed, the Minister of Economy and Industry, Orna Barbibai, announced in cooperation with the Minister of Public Works and following the report of the security officials, who pointed out the danger in Airsoft vehicles, to stop imports of Airsoft and its parts to Israel for the next three months. Which will convene today to discuss the issue, with the participation of the Director General of the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Dr. Ron Malka.
The Minister clarified that during this period, the needs of sports and leisure practitioners related to Airsoft vehicles will be examined, with the aim of renewing imports in an orderly and coordinated manner between all parties.
In addition, until the settlement of the issue is completed, the Israel Police and the Ministry of Internal Security will assist the inspectors of the Ministry of Economy and Industry in carrying out ongoing enforcement actions and in carrying out the destruction of the Airsoft vessel, which is converted into lethal weapons.
Another step that the ministry is promoting in this area is the declaration of type 2 fireworks as an explosive approved under the “Explosives Law”, in order to enable the tightening of regulation on fireworks and criminal enforcement through the Israel Police. At the same time, a team will be set up led by the Ministry of Economy and Industry and the Ministry of Internal Security which will examine all aspects of enforcement, supervision and regulation of fireworks and explosives from categories 2 to 4. The team will submit its conclusions to the Directors General of the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Upon completion of the move, enforcement by the Israel Police will be stepped up in criminal matters, and at the same time, the working arm in the Ministry of Economy and Industry will continue to be responsible for regulating occupational and storage issues.