Toy air guns have Phoenix police up in arms.

A new kind of war game is growing in popularity…

A new kind of war game is growing in popularity across the Valley, but it could put players at risk, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Teenagers are battling it out in parks and desert wash areas using toy air guns, that look a lot like the real thing.

Leonardo Ruiz has a toy assault rifle that he was forced to drop to the ground when he was confronted by a police officer a few weeks ago.

“There were five cop cars and five more kept showing up,” said Ruiz. “They also had the SWAT and canine unit.”

Phoenix police held a news conference Thursday to show how realistic some of the toy guns and rifles look.

Sgt. Steve Martos said they have received several calls in North Phoenix recently from concerned neighbors who spotted someone with a gun. As a result, police decided to issue a public warning to keep police and war game players safe.

“We want people to have fun. We don’t want to demonize these toy guns,” said Martos. “However, we want to prevent anyone from getting hurt.”

Police are asking toy air gun owners not to remove the bright orange safety device on the tip of guns, which lets police know that it is a toy. Police are also asking game players to post signs whenever there is a war game going on in the area, so that neighbors know the guns are not real.

Source: Jason Barry for KPHO.

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  • General Jim M

    Cops just have to stop being afraid of toy guns. If youre a nervous chickenshit,dont be a cop.Take away the taser and the 15 shot automatics and the assault rifles and give them a billy club and a 38.Airsoft is like “wargames”.I’d be willing to bet that cops and soldiers play wargames with like “toy guns”.cops are getting to panicky about guns.A man with a gun is not always a homocidal maniac.Guns are not just for cops.Cops probably shoot as many people as gangbangers do.So who is dangerous with a gun? In the 1980s i knew a guy who was accepted into the Massachusetts State Police.One of the reasons he gave for wanting to be a cop was so he can shoot someone legally.Psychological testing for Boston police had religious questions to weed christians from getting onto the force.One was,”Do you believe that Jesus turned water into wine?”Now if the respondent answered yes,psychlogically he could be said to not be down to earth or practical for believing in what he cannot see.If you want to be a cop be a cop,don’t be a chickenshit stormtrooper afraid of toy guns and thinking citizens are the enemy.