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Police Confiscate Toy Guns from Two Boys

Male youths, ages 13 and 12, apprehended on River Road with Airsoft pellet guns.

Borough Police confiscated toy guns Thursday from two boys after receiving 911 calls reporting two male subjects on River Road.

According to a statement released Friday, the boys were "dressed in dark clothing with their faces partially covered carrying 'machine guns,'" as 911 callers said. Four police, including Chief Philip Crosson, responded to the scene, along with township police.

The boys, ages 12 and 13, were located in front of the 5K Deli at 63 River Road with Airsoft pellet guns, according to the release. Police confiscated the guns until the boys' parents could be contacted.

Chatham police responded to a similar situation on Aug. 10, when three youths were apprehended near Chatham Middle School with an Airsoft gun, which was taken from the boys, according to the release.

The release further stated that firing weapons, including Airsoft weapons, in Chatham Borough is prohibited.

Trinity Airsoft makes realistic-looking toy guns, along with accessories such as BBs and magazines. Some of the toys have orange plastic tips.

The press release also included a statement from Chief Crosson saying that "even though [Airsoft] weapons in and of themselves is not illegal, the mere possession of them in public creates a potentially dangerous environment for everyone."

The release also stated that in a situation like the one on Thursday, police consider the weapons to be live firearms until they are proven otherwise.

Chief Crosson and other officials from the Chatham Borough Police Department could not be immediately reached for comment.

bobsolla September 12, 2010 at 01:57 PM
wow,what type of bizarro world are you living in when two young kids can`t play with toy guns?and to boot,get them taken away as criminals!i could see police checking on the situation, and having a laugh afterwards,having told the youth to play on private property;but to make the news over playing is stupid!these kids now will have to feel they did wrong for the rest of their lives.
Rick September 15, 2010 at 02:04 AM
hey this is just the beginning... http://www.zerohedge.com/article/government-using-anti-terrorism-laws-crush-dissent
SuperM62 September 16, 2010 at 10:20 PM
Really sad that they had to take the toy guns away from them. But if they didn't they would get swamped by calls from anti gun nuts about kids terrorizing the neighborhood with guns or something. The smart thing for the kids to have done is to find a good recognized airsoft field to play in. That would have eliminated the problem. You can see a list of them for all 50 stated on this link: http://www.airsplat.com/states.htm
Dick September 17, 2010 at 09:30 PM
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the poeple to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. The framers probably didn't think airsoft toys needed to be adressed. I'm pretty certain the brave men who fought World WarII were able to play with toy guns without harrassment.
dean donavan September 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM
I am amazed at how much kids get harassed by the cops on this stuff, I have been playing airsoft for the past 15 years. And I have never had this kind of issue. If they were doing something stupid I can understand this happening. Be sure to pay attention to the saftey info. Look here http://www.airsplat.com/airsoft-safety.htm
jared February 11, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Ultimately the parents need to be responsible for the things their kids are running around with. Airsoft Guns are very realistic and can be mistaken by law enforcement very easily. http://AirsoftGunSupply.com
Missy December 18, 2012 at 08:53 PM
My son, who is 16, got on trouble due to another student saying he said he was going to bring a gun to school on Friday. They even came and searched our house! They waited to search till I got there, but were in the kitchen with my son before I came home! They confiscated his air soft gun and my husbands air soft gun out of our private property. They now say they aren't going to let him back in school yet. Unless they have PROOF, I am not letting this go without a fight!!!!
jingle jones December 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Missy I'm sorry about the inconvenience, but I'll take safety of my children over that any day of the week.
Missy December 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I do understand completely about taking precautions due to the recent shootings. I don't mind at all! But when they take away my rights as an American citizen and not follow proper procedure I have an issue. I was fine with searching bc there was nothing to find. It was the way they handled it and ate handling the situation. And taking air soft guns that were not used in public is wrong!

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