It was just last week that we reported on a Virginia boy who was suspended from school for a year for playing with an airsoft gun on private property, but now we have a case in which a 15-year-old is facing criminal charges for playing with an airsoft gun. (Watch VIDEO at the bottom of this post)
It looks like the anti-gun hysteria is in full force once again. A Rome, Georgia teenager was playing with an airsoft gun in the courtyard of his friend’s apartment. One of the neighbors apparently saw the toy and called the police saying there was someone with a possible gun in the courtyard.
When the police showed up and saw the toy airsoft gun and verified that it was NOT in fact a real gun, he handed it back and told the boy to be careful. The mother of the boy, Naomi Oshel, thought that this was the end of it.
But 3 weeks later a Rome police officer showed up at her door, according to wktv.com.
“Expressing to me that he really wasn’t sure why he was at my home. That he thought it was all very silly but that a couple of people above him were pushing for a charge,” says Oshel.
A week later Oshel was told that she had to bring her son to court to face an unlawful possession of a weapon charge. Whoa, wait a minute. Didn’t the police verify it was not a real gun and just a toy?
According to the news report somewhere down the line the airsoft gun was being called a bb gun, even though the toy shoots plastic pellets which are not lethal are are used in “airsoft wars” all across the country in which players shoot the airsoft guns at each other.
“I want it dismissed with prejudice. I don’t want this in any way to hurt my son’s future. If I felt that he had done something, if he was intentionally firing on somebody or had jumped out of a bush to scare someone or threaten and make it look like a real weapon then I wouldn’t be opposed to charges,” the mother said.
The police in this case had not yet been able to comment on this story, but as soon as we hear anything we will update this page. Watch the news report in the video below.
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