“You take every firearm as a firearm. You don’t differentiate cause what they look like,” Vice-President of South Dakota Shooting Sports Charles Summers said.
That’s absolutely correct; the four rules of gun safety always apply, even if you’re only dealing with an Airsoft gun, or a Gamo pellet rifle. You never point a gun, BB or otherwise at another person, and especially not a cop.
BB guns, Airsoft guns, and pellet guns are not toys, and should be handled with the same respect and care that you’d give to an actual firearm. While they may not have as much destructive potential; they do posses the ability to cause harm or worse yet, to be mistaken for a real firearm and get someone killed.
As Christmas approaches, lots of well-meaning parents will probably purchase their child a pellet rifle, or a BB gun for Christmas. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I strongly encourage parents to do so, but with the caveat that if you must teach your child safe gun handling habits. I will be the first person to tell you that firearms are dangerous if handled unsafely – take the time to teach your children about safe gun handling when they’re young.