Replica Guns: It's no game
Don't put yourself or your children at risk, know the
dangers, know the law!
- Air and imitation guns (which include BB guns) are not toys and
can cause serious injury and even kill.
- Although gun crime is low in North Wales, concerns are raised
when the majority of people cannot tell the difference between a
real weapon and an imitation one or an air weapon.
- Some of these imitation weapons are so realistic looking that
they can cause real alarm in local residents who think they are
real guns. This can trigger a 999 call which can, in turn, lead to
a response by armed officers.
- Also please be aware that there are offences committed in
having air and imitation guns in a public places in certain
circumstances, some of which can lead to individuals being arrested
- Weapons such as BB guns are frequently used in criminal damage
and anti-social behaviour, and can cause injury to people, pets and
- It is an offence to possess an air weapon or imitation firearm
in public without legal authority or reasonable excuse (a
reasonable excuse may include someone possessing an air weapon in
line with their professional duties, such as a farmer).
- People under the age of 18 may not purchase, hire, sell or let
on hire any weapon or ammunition
- Those under the age of 18 may not be in possession of an air
weapon at anytime unless supervised by a person who is aged 21 or
over, or as part of a shooting club or gallery.
- Persons may possess an air weapon on private property with the
consent of the owner. But, it is an offence for any person who is
using an air weapon on private property to fire any missile beyond
the boundaries of the premises. A maximum penalty for this offence
is currently £1,000. For housing tenants permission has to be
sought from the landowner.
If you have information on the use of imitation weapons,
please call North Wales Police on 101 or 0300 330
You can also call Crimestoppers Wales anonymously on
0800 555 111.
In an emergency always dial 999.