AFL clubs’ T-shirt launches could result in jail time

AFL clubs are facing fines and potential jail time for executives if they ignore a contentious Victoria Police ban on using T-shirt guns at matches.

At least five Victorian teams that have used T-shirt launchers have been told to lay down their guns by police and warned they will be seized unless handed in or licensed.

Clubs in possession of the devices have been told to report to their local Divisional Firearm Officer or the Victoria Police Licensing and Regulation Division.

Police have warned the “weapons of mass distribution” are illegal to use, carry or store without a category E firearms licence.

Now it has emerged clubs could be breaking the law just by possessing the fan-friendly devices.

Prison terms of up to four years or fines of up to $37,310 could be handed to staff.