Monday, August 22, 2011

Airsoft Guns

Because we are seeing an increased number of reports and phone calls concerning Airsoft guns, I believe this is a good topic for discussion. For those of you that may not know, an Airsoft gun is considered a toy gun that shoots a plastic or rubber projectile. Below you will find some photos.

Airsoft guns along with BB guns, pellet guns, paint ball guns, and any other item that launches a projectile, are illegal to discharge/shoot within the city limits (outside of very limited exceptions).

We have had several cases this year involving Airsoft guns and people being hit with projectiles. I don’t believe any of these events have involved serious injury, but the potential is there if hit in the right area. Another potential problem with these Airsoft guns, as you can see from the photos below, is that they can look like real guns.

Recently two juveniles were cited for discharging Airsoft guns within the city limits. In this case, the officers were dispatched to investigate an aggravated assault. On the scene, the approaching officers described the weapon as an assault rifle.

It was only after they could examine the gun more closely that they knew it was a toy. As you would expect, officers responding to calls like these will take precautions to ensure their safety. Incidents of serious injury and/or death have occurred in our country when a toy gun was pointed at a police officer. We do not want a tragedy like that to occur here.

We regularly receive calls from people considering the purchase of these items to give as gifts. If you are considering purchasing any of the described items please remember, they are legal to own, but illegal to shoot within the city limits.

The related city ordinances can be found by entering 11.60.050 and 11.60.070 in the search function at the following link.

Overland Park Ordinances