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Newsfront - March 16, 2007

Leave guns at home

East Bay Regional Park District police are cautioning parents against allowing their children to use Airsoft guns in public parks. The realistic-looking guns are considered toys by many, according to the district, and are popular with teens and adults. They are spring loaded and can fire plastic pellets at a high velocity.

"We want to impress upon the community the danger in bringing replica firearms to public places," said the District Police Chief Timothy Anderson. "Each year we receive many calls regarding weapons in the parks, and many cases turn out to be BB guns, paint guns or Airsoft guns. But until we can determine exactly what we are dealing with, we will appropriately respond as if we have an armed suspect."

In December, police were called to Bishop Ranch Regional Park when nine teens, ages ranging from 13 to 17, brought 18 Airsoft pistols and rifles to the park, along with 20,000 plastic pellets, according to the district. They were cited and their pellet guns were confiscated.

Under California law, a person must be 18 to purchase Airsoft guns.

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