Questions on Beaverton’s air gun ban

Just noticed that the Beaverton air gun went into effect today.

“BEAVERTON — A ban on carrying airsoft guns in public went into full effect in Beaverton Tuesday. Officers spent the past month issuing warnings but said starting May 1, it was possible to be fined for carrying the guns. Police said the guns are too realistic looking and it may be hard for an officer to make a split-second decision in such a case. ” KGW 5/2/07

The question arises does this apply to all air-guns or just air-guns that “look like” or “look mostly like” or “sorta look like” real guns? (This of course doesn’t change the fact that pulling anything on a cop is green light for self-inflicted trouble.) The details of this ban are elusive.

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  • devietro

    Too many stupid people have pulled airguns or similar objects on cops. I may not 100% agree with the idea of the airgun in public ban but I certainly do see the reasoning behind it. As somebody who has played Airsoft for years I can say it seems like step one is not threatening somebody with it.

  • Harry

    “A ban on carrying airsoft guns in public went into full effect in Beaverton Tuesday.”

    and then a devietro comment:
    “Too many stupid people have pulled airguns or similar objects on cops.”

    My question: Since when does “carrying in public” equal “pulled airguns…on cops.”?

    Air soft games are often done on public property or at leasat you have to pass through public property to get there.

    Any cop can and does regularly kill people young and old who pull anything that even slightly looks like a gun out and point it towards a cop.

    They don’t need this law to be able to do that, they already have the Grand Jury system for that.

    Harry

  • Captain_ANon

    My guess that this is not only to prevent cops from killing individuals who brandish airguns at cops but also to help with the public who aren’t always able to determine if an airgun is a real gun, or just an airgun. kids are taking them to school, or showing them in stores, using them to bully etc. it’s not always easy to tell what’s what, and i think this action is trying to speak to that.