"Boys with toy gun cause scare near school"

Despite the statement that these guns are "designed to look like real firearms," it is not quite true. These Airsoft guns have the orange ends required for toy guns to indicate that they are toys. In addition, I assume that school is out for the summer. Overall, a bit of an over reaction. The story from San Diego can be found here:

Police officers and sheriff's deputies were called to an elementary school in the 4S Ranch area after it was reported that someone was seen nearby with a rifle.

A call came in about 12:45 p.m. saying that a person carrying the weapon was spotted behind the Stone Ranch Elementary School on 4S Parkway, said sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit.

It turned out to be two boys with an Airsoft rifle playing in a yard that backs up to the school and a park, Nesbit said.

According to various Web sites, Airsoft is a toy gun used in combat-simulation games and police training that fires a 6-millimeter or 8-milimeter pellet. Although they are toys, they are designed to look like real firearms, including pistols, rifles, combat shotguns and light machine guns.



Blogger Jim W said...

I think the whole blaze orange tip thing is stupid. Is there a law against me taking the flash hider off one of my assault rifles and painting it blaze orange? Will the police ignore me if I walk down the street with such a gun over my shoulder?

If real guns can have blaze orange tips and the police are unlikely to give someone with a black/orange gun the benefit of the doubt, what makes anyone think that having a blaze orange tip will make the police any less likely to shoot you because you are carrying an airsoft around?

The whole orange tip thing was just a giant exercise in ass covering because certain urban cops were shooting black youths who had realistic toy guns and wanted a way to deflect blame for their poor judgment.

8/07/2008 3:14 PM  
Blogger John A said...

"Although they are toys, they are designed to look like real firearms"

Yes, those two pieces of wood kids in the early 1940`s (and earlier) put together were indeed "designed" to look like "real firearms" and such things are scary.

Actually, I don't see a problem with someone who probably only saw the shape of a rifle being carried by someone who looked about to use it calling police to have it checked out. I am less comfortable with the amount of response police felt appropriate, but suppose better too many rather than too few.

8/07/2008 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a CCW and a gun advocate. That said, the "orange tip" is a faulty apporach. I am against my own kids having toy guns. It teaches them poor gun handling skills and even with an orange tip, can easily be mistaken for a real gun and therefore put them at risk for deadly reactions/over-reactions by others.

While I know many will object, I don't think a toy guy should be anything but OBVIOUSLY a toy gun and be brightly colored.

8/07/2008 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orange tips or not, Airsoft guns are hardly toys, as anyone who's ever been shot with one in a training simulation can tell you. While they aren't generally treated as "real" firearms in most states (nor should they be), anyone who treats them as toys should expect to see a lot of kids showing up in ERs with serious bruises, welts and permanently blinded eyes.

8/07/2008 5:45 PM  
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