Whenever I read blog entries and news articles like this one, I have a very strong mixed reaction. On the one, I often feel like the cops are overreacting and engaging in histrionics over what amount to toys, on the other hand I also believe that they’re making a valid point. If some dumb kid pointed an airsoft gun and me and was yelling or some shit, I’ve got less than a second to decide that it’s an airsoft/real gun and shoot/no shoot.
So here’s my advice to the Special Air Softers out there. If you’re playing airsoft, and you hear someone say “drop the gun”, do not whip around with your blaster in hand to see who said. DROP. THE. GUN. Immediately.
I might take some flack from people who think I’m kowtowing to authority or whatever, but I honestly don’t care. If you’re going to mess around with toys that look a lot like real guns, you need to be responsible with them. If you’re going to play with them in public places where getting the cops called on you is a possibility, you need to understand how to deal with the police.
If Officer Friendly gets a “man with a gun” call, he has no idea of knowing if it’s a kid with an airsoft or a gangbanger with a Hi-Point. Don’t do something stupid, don’t carry your airsoft tucked into your belt, and if confronted by an officer, comply instantly.