[17 OCT 00]
WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Guns Could Prove Fatal, Warn Police
police fear the number of incidents involving air
weapons and fake guns could soar next week as the schools come out
numerous warnings, police are still being called to many incidents
are concerned that a false move by a youngster with a gun could
lead to a fatality, as police have to treat any gun as real until
they are satisfied that it is safe.
month police in the county had to deal with 17 incidents involving
guns, ten of which were air weapons.
with half-term coming up, they are warning parents to make sure
that they don’t let their children misuse any air guns or ball
officers have to respond to any threat of a weapon being involved,
and are worried that there could be lethal consequences if someone
fails to follow police instructions during an incident.
Chris Lewis, who is in charge of the Firearms Unit, said:
there are strict regulations covering air weapons, there is no
legislation covering the so-called “airsoft” weapons such as
ball bearing guns. Ball bearing guns can be identical to real
firearms and have the potential to injure.
weapon when handled incorrectly can pose a danger to the use,
the public or to wildlife.
would urge the public and in particular parents and carers of
children to ensure that every care is taken to use and handle
these weapons correctly – at the right time and in the right
young people about air weapons safety is one of my top
priorities. I am speaking with agencies involved with young
persons to try and develop educational programmes.”