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Fake guns net real charges for boys

Jessica Cuffman • Oct 20, 2013 at 7:59 AM

It’s also likely to land you some criminal charges.

A handful of juveniles attracted the attention of Fremont police this past week, after flashing Airsoft guns or BB guns that looked just like the real thing.

In one incident, a 14-year-old boy got off with a warning as officers confiscated his Airsoft gun, according to a police report. The boy told police he’d been shooting at stop signs near the YMCA, and he carried the gun to scare off anyone who tried to “snatch him up.”

In another incident a few days later, two boys, ages 13 and 14, were cited for having weapons in a school safety zone. The law applies to anything that even looks like a gun, Fremont police Chief Tim Wiersma said.

A concerned resident called police after hearing the two boys say something about putting a gun away.

Police spotted the boys among a group of children riding their bikes. The two suspects admitted they were carrying Airsoft guns, including one that looked like a Beretta and didn’t have an orange tip. They also had another gun that looked like a Taurus, with an upper slide assembly and handgrips, police said.

Officer confiscated both guns and notified the schools about the incident.

“It’s dangerous to make something that does already look like a gun look even more like one,” Wiersma said. “What would anyone think if you see a kid and you see a gun and you think it’s real? I’m glad there was such a good ending — that it wasn’t real and no one got hurt.”

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