The dangers of air soft guns -

The dangers of air soft guns

Air soft guns are pretty popular with kids - they can be found at retail stores and flea markets.

You can also see kids playing with them on Youtube, where they're doing exactly what they aren't supposed to do with them - shooting each other. But there is another danger.

"They look like the real thing, from a distance, or even so many feet, you wouldn't know it was not a real gun," says Captain Shelia Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department.

A student at a school in the Salisbury, North Carolina area brought one of the guns with him to school. Other students saw it and did the right thing - they told the school resource officer. The gun was taken, and the child was suspended.

"Children seeing this in class, on the bus, wherever, to them it's a real gun," said Captain Lingle.

The makers of the guns are aware that there is real danger in perception. The box even has a strong warning about having these guns out in public where they can create confusion.

The BB's used in these guns are softer than the traditional type, but they are still intended for adults who wear protective clothing because they can cause injury.

According to Federal law, any gun like these must have an orange tube on the end - that's how you know it's not a real gun. But some kids are taking the tip off or are painting it black to make the gun look more realistic.

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