NEWS RELEASE · 30th August 2012
On Wednesday August 15, 2012 at approximately 10:30 AM the Smithers RCMP responded to a complaint of two males, and one female, who were observed exchanging a handgun in Kiddies Park in Smithers, BC. The complainant provided police with a physical description of the two male suspects who were located by police minutes later on Main St. in Smithers, BC.
Upon approaching the males, police observed one of the males to have a handgun sticking out of the waistband on his pants. Both males and the female were arrested by police at gun point at this time for possession of a weapon dangerous to public.
Following the arrest, and on closer examination of the handgun, it was determined to be a replica paintball handgun. The paintball gun was seized by police for destruction. Both males and the female were issued warnings about carrying any type of weapon, replica or not, on their person while in public. No charges were forwarded.
Police would like to remind members of the public that any type of replica weapon, whether paintball guns, pellet guns, or toys may appear very real and police are required at all times to respond to the threat of a weapon appropriately to ensure both public and police safety.
Comment by Paintball Awesome on 5th September 2012
The Marker Game Industry is billion dollar empire.
How are you going to stop a international paintball game.
All paintball games the markers are checked.
There are pro's out there, should take more responsibility for there actions.
# 1. Spray or mark the replica air soft marker with a orange tape in public display. For further exchanges. Be professional about it.
RE: More government intrusion
Comment by Afterm4th teh h4x0r on 1st September 2012
QUOTE: "Sorry, Joe Public, but I believe we need clear regulations regarding paint-guns. These "guns" should not look anything like the real thing. They should never be black or metallic coloured, but should be bright green or yellow, to begin with."
Please observe: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kp65z7wh1V1qzvk4co1_500.jpg
This is a real gun. Changing the color of the gun will not help anyone determine if the gun is real or not.
More government intrusion
Comment by David on 30th August 2012
Sorry, Joe Public, but I believe we need clear regulations regarding paint-guns. These "guns" should not look anything like the real thing. They should never be black or metallic coloured, but should be bright green or yellow, to begin with.
However, judging from the public's view of the firearm registry, it seems very unlikely we'll ever get regulations of this sort.
Then, when someone gets shot and killed by police for carrying a paint-ball gun that looks exactly like a real prohibited weapon, we'll all blame the police.