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BB gun warning
« on: November 30, 2002, 01:46:43 pm »
Hertfordshire police are asking parents not to buy their children BB guns for Christmas. They say they pose a serious risk of injury and could lead to the handler being arrested. Click here for more details
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Re: BB gun warning
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2003, 11:19:53 am »
People who won BB guns think they are  8) but they are not. This is what they will look like if they get arrested for carrying an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence  :o  >:(  :'( ???
 

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Re: BB gun warning
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2003, 10:34:49 pm »
I think its time to get things right. First of all BB guns fire ball bearings hence BB, they first appeared in the states during the middle of the last century and were used by younger people as an introduction to handling firearms being inherently safer than the real thing.
The majority of replica guns being used now are in fact called Airsoft guns and fire a plastic ball using compressed air via cartridge or pump. They are correctly used by people (for target shooting) who had their legaly held conventional hand guns taken away due to the ban a few years ago. They are incorrectly used by being "displayed outside the confines of private property, ie in public.
Regarding conventional firearms, Commander A B of the Met made the statement at the end of the recent amnesty that "every gun handed in was a life saved" When people in such high office make such crass uninformed comments is there any doubt that we are being policed by idiots at the very top. Pity the poor "bobby" on the beat eh?
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Re: BB gun warning
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2005, 07:03:19 am »
This just sent to the site by Herts Constabularly via email.

POLICE WARN OF BB GUN DANGER THIS CHRISTMAS
By Corporate Communication Dept


AS CHRISTMAS draws nearer Hertfordshire Constabulary is sending out a stern warning to ball bearing (BB) gun owners and their parents – be careful or risk injury or worse to yourself or to others.

The Force is also discouraging adults from buying BB guns for youngsters for Christmas.

If you use a BB gun in a public place you are at risk of arrest for a number of offences including 'Possession of a Firearm/Imitation Firearm with intent to cause fear of violence'.

Police are warning BB gun users to be aware that their ‘realistic’ look does spark calls from concerned members of the public reporting sightings of firearms.

BB guns, which fire small plastic balls, can be bought relatively easily and legally in the county, and are popular especially with teenagers. They do however pose a threat to the safety of others and to their owners if they are used in a public place.

A plea is also being issued to shop owners who sell BB guns to children to think twice about the consequences of these guns being used irresponsibly.

Inspector Derek Hollick of the Constabulary’s Firearms Department has an important message for parents who may be thinking of buying their child a BB gun for Christmas this year:

“We must take reports of sightings of guns very seriously and this involves the immediate dispatching of armed police officers,” said Derek.

“BB guns can look very realistic and in responding to such an incident, officers have to treat the gun as a real firearm until they can be absolutely sure that it is not a lethal weapon. We would ask parents and shop owners to take this warning extremely seriously and help us to prevent their child or someone else’s from getting seriously injured or worse.”

Many reports of firearm sightings in Hertfordshire turn out to involve imitations but each report is treated as a real firearm sighting until people have been searched or information has been gathered which proves otherwise.

“We want people who own imitation firearms to be fully aware of the consequences of showing and using them in public. We obviously do not want to cause unnecessary alarm to BB gun users and in turn we want to warn them of the distress they may cause to other members of the public,” said Derek.

“If parents are happy for their children to have BB guns they should supervise their use and make sure they are used in a private area, for example in their gardens”, he added.

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Re: BB gun warning
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2006, 11:06:05 pm »
heh, my bb gun is an antique now, I never get it out anyway. Its a shame what was once a sporting thing can cause so much distress.
 

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