I seriously think we should stop jumping the gun each and everytime a kidiot gets charged for shit like that seriously, from the title I get he's 18? (The link doesn't get me to the article, i'm on my BB) Well I don't see any problem whatsoever. BB guns are still around and aren't going anywhere. Since BB guns = Airsoft and vice versa to the authorities/public, I think it's safe to say that nothing is going to come out of this in the end.
Just my 2 cents