Recent incidents in Kiel involving teenagers playing with toy guns have law enforcement officers pleading with the public and giving this warning: If you act like you have a gun, you will be treated as though you have a gun.
Even looking at them together on a table it can be hard to tell toy airsoft guns from the real thing — a problem police say potentially creates a deadly situation.
“At first glance, someone who is unfamiliar with this type of weapon might think that it’s an actual shotgun, for obvious reasons,” Kiel Police Chief Dave Funkhouser said.
Chief Funkhouser says there have been five incidents in the past six months, some right downtown, where officers responded to calls of teens possessing and shooting the realistic toys.
“Two individuals were actually actively shooting at one another with airsoft pistols that resembled actual handguns, and the calls came in of a man with a gun. Our officer responded and took both people down at gunpoint.”
Source: Marcie Kobriger for WBAY.