Canadian paper calls for crackdown on pellet guns
"Yet it seems the danger pellet guns pose has not yet spurred enough public outcry to spark new laws.
Perhaps that's because in many pellet gun incidents, injuries were absent or minor.
But even when the trigger isn't pulled, these makeshift weapons can be used to rob, abuse and otherwise break the law as effectively as the real thing.
For example, one man allegedly used a soft air gun to shoot a Winnipeg Transit driver on Aug. 9, 2007.
And on Oct. 29, 2004, two young men terrorized the residents of a St. Andrews home, using a pellet gun to force them to reveal their bank card numbers."
"If these steps fail, a licence for pellet guns might be necessary to force potential owners to pass criminal record checks and endure a waiting period as pre-requisites to own a pellet gun."