Here's another story from this past Sunday. Did someone turn over a big rock and a whole bunch of morons scurried out with airsoft guns?
Police seize another replica handgun
Boy was waving it at skateboard park, witnesses say
Sunday, January 28, 2007
In what is becoming a common occurrence, Victoria police seized another replica handgun Saturday from a boy at an Esquimalt skateboard park.
A witness told police about 4 p.m. that a young male had been spotted with the gun at the park in the 300-block Esquimalt Road. Police surrounded the park, and arrested the boy, recovering a black plastic replica of a Beretta handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants.
Police said the gun fires non-lethal plastic pellets and that the boy had been seen waving it around and showing it to other people in the park. He was taken home and turned over to his parents.
Victoria police warned recently that their officers are seizing at least one replica handgun a week, and that it is only a matter of time before someone gets killed.
In October, a 37-year-old Pitt Meadows man was shot and killed by police after he produced a handgun, which was later found to be a replica.
The law does not forbid carrying a replica gun in public, although, if it is used in the commission of a crime, it is treated in the same way as if it was a real weapon.
In other news, Victoria police recovered a potentially dangerous igniter assembly from a Second World War practice bomb.
Police were called about 2 p.m. to a residence in the 700-block Matheson Avenue in Esquimalt, where cleaning staff had located the device, which police say had the potential to cause serious injury if mishandled. It was taken to the Fleet Diving Unit for proper disposal, police said in a news release.