Fake guns net real charges for boys

When you wield a weapon in public, even a fake gun, it’s likely to get the attention of witnesses and police.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 20, 2013

 

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.”

Comments

Contango

Witnessed a SWAT raid once.

Idiot neighbor twenty-something jokingly pointed a pellet rifle at a disgruntled neighbor whose house was a couple property lots away.

The old man couldn't tell that it was a "fake" and called the cops.

Thirteen cop cars show up on our street.

I called the house to tell him to give up, but the line was busy.

They raided the house and found the kid who was home alone at the time cowering in his bedroom.

Dumb *ss coulda got himself killed.

getit right be4...

Parents please fight this with everything you have.

Just another sample of a bad law turning citizens into criminals.

Centauri

"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."

This is just plain stupid. What law is the Fremont (OHIO) police chief
citing? Squirt guns and maybe "looks like a gun" parts of tree branches are illegal? The police are gaining more power over civilians.

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2923.122

(C) No person shall knowingly possess an object in a school safety zone if both of the following apply:

(1) The object is indistinguishable from a firearm, whether or not the object is capable of being fired.

(2) The person indicates that the person possesses the object and that it is a firearm, or the person knowingly displays or brandishes the object and indicates that it is a firearm.

I have a soldering gun that looks like a handgun from several feet away.

Colonel Angus

I agree 100% with you. I think that tomorrow morning you should go to your nearest school zone and point your soldering gun at children. Several feet away of course. And when the police come and arrest you, you can explain in court how stupid these laws are. Let us know how that works out for you.

Centauri

Why would I want to point the soldering gun at children? That would be foolish. How about somebody using an infrared thermometer pointed at the school looking for heat loss?

http://www.3m.com/product/inform...

Please read again:

C) No person shall knowingly possess an object in a school safety zone if BOTH of the following apply:

(1) The object is indistinguishable from a firearm, whether or not the object is capable of being fired.

(2) The person indicates that the person possesses the object and that it IS a FIREARM, or the person knowingly displays or brandishes the object and indicates that it is a FIREARM.

I don't understand why some people will willingly give up their rights (and those of others) to the police.

Stop It

You answered your own question, Centauri. Chill, bud. It's Sunday and Sunny.

Centauri

You are correct. I am only wasting my time here trying to educate the people of Ohio of their rights.

I will help the people of Colorado and Arizona instead. They are more receptive and want to protect their rights.

Stop It

Look, dude...I wasn't questioning your reason to carry a firearm what-so-ever. But minors/kids walking around with guns that look very real in today's society is just gonna get them in trouble.

You really gotta calm down a bit. If I was a cop, I'd bring my cruiser to a screeching halt and ask WTF? Any wrong moves after that may cause stuff to go bad, real quick...

getit right be4...

Well think god your not a cop. Please for the safety of all keep it that way.

bigsexy

Glad your not a cop! You can be killed by a 13 year old with a gun. A gun that is real or is not real, doesn't matter. The matter at hand is a real gun will kill you in is less than a second!

And now they are making REAL guns of all colors...red, green, purple, pink, whatever color you want. And I am very PRO gun!

Also, it is not hard to pull those orange tips off the guns!

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2cents

"people of Ohio of their rights."

Bye Bye Miss America Pie : (

bama

He sure did answer his own question. Why is it that the Police are always the people that catch the heat and not the offenders? The police don't create the laws, they are charged with the enforcement of the laws. The President not long ago was supporting taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens over the acts of only a few but if you questioned this or anything he does your labeled a racist. Why did these boys feel the need to carry realistic guns out in public in the 1st place? Not to mention that airsoft guns have the orange tip for a reason. Take it off and your asking for trouble.

santown419

What the he!! you talking about. You must really be kidding. Only nutcases like you would try to somehow make this about the president.

oheaglefl

And why were the parents of these young men stupid enough to buy them the look alike guns anyway. With all the troubles going on now days, maybe they should think twice before purchasing anything like that. Also, kids now days think it's cool to say they have a gun, not thinking of the results that may occur. It is not the laws fault, it's the parents for buying the guns and letting their kids take them outside or off their premises.

grandmasgirl

Parents buy these toys for their children just like they buy the violent games for their x-box or other tech toys. We used to play cops and robbers. We all had toy guns when we were young. It's a different generation now.You can't do anything without someone running scared.

wowbagger

Do not forget "Assault Pastry's" as well, You never know when someone will show up brandishing a pop tart that looks like a Glock. (I hear they are only fattening if you hold it sideways, Ghetto style.) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

getit right be4...

You people have lost you minds. Anyone who think a child that is out playing cops and robbers (or what ever they call it today) should be charged with a misdemeanor 1 and be subject to up to 180 days in jail and a $1000 is bat crap crazy.

Darwin's choice

+1

getit right be4...

If these kids where not on school property they should not of been charged.

Federal GFSZ law extends the GFSZ 1000 feet from school property. But in the federal law there is nothing about toy guns.

The Ohio law witch does cover toy guns does not extend the 1000 feet from the schools property. Therefor unless these kids where on school owned property they where charged wrong.

If this was my son the FPD would be looking at a lawsuit.

Darwin's choice

+1

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2cents

In grade school we always went to the school playground to shoot off Estes rockets, fly our Cox airplanes and shoot our Beebe guns at milk cartons. God have things changed in such a very sad way : (

Darwin's choice

+1