FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Could you tell the difference between a real gun and look alike? They look the same, fire the same, but with pellets instead of bullets.
David Kahn is the co-owner of Ol' Ball and Chain Shop off Coliseum in Fort Wayne. As a local airsoft gun retailers, Kahn says these look alike guns should be treated like real fire-arms and only used around others who know it's a fake. He suggests going to a shooting range or going out into a rural area.
"You have to treat this as you would a real gun," says Kahn. "If you're purchasing these items for your children, you have to take responsibility to watch how it's used, where it's used, and when it's used, and make certain that your children are safe."
It is also federally mandated that all airsoft guns have an orange tip on them, but all too often those tips are painted black.
"There is no sure fire way to prevent a tragedy such as what occurred yesterday from happening," says Kahn. "Unfortunately, we have also heard of some criminals that will take their real firearm and paint the tip orange in the hopes that it will cause the police officer to against whom they go up against to pause, to hesitate before defending themselves."
Kahn says airsoft guns are intended for mock-combat sporting events, and are also a great training tool for law enforcement and the military. he says they are also a good way to teach children about gun safety.
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