Too young: Scott Seccombe makes his living from running a skirmish centre but says 12 is too young to play.
Too young: Scott Seccombe makes his living from running a skirmish centre but says 12 is too young to play. Bruce Thomas

Skirmish not for kids says local

THE revelation NSW police are recommending lowering the legal age to play paintball from 16 to 12 does not sit comfortably with a leading local operator.

“Personally, I think 12 is a bit too young,” said Scott Seccombe who runs Camp Extreme in Karangi. “And from a business perspective, I don’t think it will change much.

“How many 12 year olds do you know have $100?”

With eight years experience in the skirmish industry, Mr Seccombe suggested 14 as a more appropriate age if the limit were to be lowered.

Mr Seccombe said the game was played in a supervised setting using guns that shot round gelatine capsules filled with dye.

Bruises and welts were often the outcome of being shot and in that respect, Mr Secommbe said the legacy of a game was no different to the rigours of playing football.

The National Coalition for Gun Control says dropping the legal age would set a bad precedent although 12 is the current age limit in WA while in South Australia and Queensland, it’s 15.

The sport was banned in Tasmania altogether following the Port Arthur massacre.



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