BAZETTA, Ohio (WKBN) – Police are warning the public that more and more departments are encountering “fake” guns that look like the real deal.
Realistic-looking firearms like air soft, BB and pellet guns can be found in almost every sporting goods shop, as well as the internet, and bought by just about anyone.
And a lot of them made these days, don’t have an orange safety tip which lets officers know that they’re not the real deal.
“When you look at a modern air rifle or air soft gun, a lot of these guns don’t have that orange tip, because they actually do fire a projectile,” Mike Miller of Miller Rod and Gun said.
Bazetta Police Detective Joe Sofchek said more departments are encountering these realistic-looking products that could create a dangerous scenario If they’re brought out in the public.
“In a situation, you know, standing 50 feet away or 25 feet away, you can’t tell the difference between that and a toy gun,” Sofchek said.
“Common sense, which sometimes eludes people, is to not point that in the direction of a human being or a police officer especially, because they have the ability to shoot back at you,” Miller said. “If they cannot identify if that’s a real firearm or not a real fire arm, odds are good that it’s going to end bad.”
“They can’t be taking them out in public, flashing them around, you know, carrying them concealed, you know, in their waste band, for whatever reason that may be,” Sofchek said.
Moral of the story: Be careful how you use these “toys.”