Dad in New York Arrested For Letting His Daughter Play With Plastic Airsoft Gun in Park

May 11 2013
by GSL Staff
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A father in New York City has been arrested on a host of charges after letting his daughter play with an Airsoft Gun in a park. The father let the child fire a couple of plastic BBs at a tree and then carry the “gun” around the park.

The father was arraigned Thursday on charges including reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and violating city weapons laws. The man was also charged with resisting arrest after he objected to the arrest.

According to the NY Daily News, He faces seven years in prison if convicted.

According to the NY Daily News, the father said,

“There’s a lot going on in the world — killing kids, stuff like that,” he told the Daily News on Wednesday. “Maybe [other parents are] a little paranoid. I didn’t even think about scaring somebody,” he said. “We were just shooting at the fence. We were not aiming at the playground. We were in a corner behind it.”

This quote from a mother on the scene shows how overly sensitized New Yorkers are:

“I thought I was hallucinating,” one mother told the Daily News. “I literally did not know what to do.”

Wow. I hope that mother never visits my part of the country where open carry is fairly common, she’d go into a panic attack.

Numerous New York media outlets keep calling the “gun” a BB or pellet gun, but based on descriptions it sounds like it was either a cheap Airsoft gun or maybe even a projectile firing toy gun (both of which are apparently illegal in NYC).

When I was a kid you could buy toy guns that were basically the precursors to Airsoft guns. These were marketed and sold as toys and were very low powered. I have to wonder if that’s what his daughter was playing with.

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