Uproar over airsoft and pellet guns
The Modesto Bee has the story.... A few highlights:
"Popular new pellet guns that look remarkably like real, lethal weapons have gotten at least one teenager killed in Florida and caused scares in communities around the country in recent months.
Modesto police were involved with another toy gun situation Tuesday afternoon when an officer found three teenage boys with two Airsoft handguns in an alley behind a grocery store, Gundlach said. ... He said the Airsoft handguns were confiscated and will be destroyed. "If it looks like a real gun, it's going to be treated like a real gun," Gundlach said.
Minnesota law makes it a crime to have a fake gun on school property. St. Paul City Councilman Lee Helgen is calling for an ordinance that would bar the carrying of replica guns in public. Other local governments are moving in the same direction.
After a 14-year-old boy with a BB gun was shot and wounded by police in Chicago over the summer, the City Council banned BB and pellet guns. And officials in Beaverton, Ore., are considering a ban on Airsoft guns.
This fall alone:
Two high schools in Apple Valley, Minn., were locked down after a 14-year-old used a fake gun to shoot plastic pellets at other students. Two other students in the district brought fake guns to school recently.
In Melbourne, Fla., a 12-year-old boy was charged with aggravated battery for firing plastic pellets at elementary students at a bus stop.
A 16-year-old Millwood, Wash., boy was arrested on suspicion of shooting two students with an Airsoft pistol on their way to soccer practice.
Two high school students in Hurricane, W.Va., were suspended for having a pellet gun on campus.
"We're running into about one of these guns in possession of a juvenile per week," said Scott Johnson, police chief in Apple Valley. "This is dangerous. This could get somebody killed.""