Monday, January 15, 2007
Airsoft/real gun look-alikes
Q: What is South Bend's policy on Airsoft guns? (That would be the usually plastic but also highly realistic toy guns people use to shoot plastic BB's at each other, paintball style).

A: As a street officer I know we get many calls on "man with gun" calls that often involve persons (usually juveniles) carrying these types of guns, that ARE highly realistic, and usually are modified to disguise the 'toy' aspect of the weapon (orange painted over or cut off). These guns do look nearly identical to real handguns, and police do react accordingly on these types of calls including you possibly having yourself at real gunpoint when you are encountered by officers who have no way of knowing that these guns are just toys. If a call occurs like this your airsoft gun could be permanently confiscated by police if determined that the gun is or was being used, displayed, or misused in a manner deemed unsafe by responding officers. These weapons should not be used outside or used by juveniles without proper adult supervision at any time.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 9:44 PM  

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