Vacaville police warn parents against the use of toy guns

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The Vacaville Police Department is warning parents about the dangers of toy guns after an increase in reports of kids shooting one another in public places. Officer Robert Myers said kids have been using these toy guns in schools and public parks, and in some cases, people in the area have been struck. “They do have the tendency to cause injuries,” Myers said.Even though these guns are fake, residents like Elaine Eterosa are concerned for their safety. “It’s really concerning, I don’t think I would want to be with somebody with a BB gun,” Eterosa said.In many cases, the toy guns are clearly colored and marked but Myers said some kids paint them black or camouflage making them more difficult to identify. “I would hate a situation where someone mistook it for a real gun. It could be an officer or someone with a conceal-to-carry permit and that felt they needed to defend themselves,” Myers said.Officials are calling on parents to make sure their kids do not take these toy guns to school or public gatherings. Myers said those seen using or discharging imitation guns could face penalties. See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

The Vacaville Police Department is warning parents about the dangers of toy guns after an increase in reports of kids shooting one another in public places.

Officer Robert Myers said kids have been using these toy guns in schools and public parks, and in some cases, people in the area have been struck.

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“They do have the tendency to cause injuries,” Myers said.

Even though these guns are fake, residents like Elaine Eterosa are concerned for their safety.

“It’s really concerning, I don’t think I would want to be with somebody with a BB gun,” Eterosa said.

In many cases, the toy guns are clearly colored and marked but Myers said some kids paint them black or camouflage making them more difficult to identify.

“I would hate a situation where someone mistook it for a real gun. It could be an officer or someone with a conceal-to-carry permit and that felt they needed to defend themselves,” Myers said.

Officials are calling on parents to make sure their kids do not take these toy guns to school or public gatherings.

Myers said those seen using or discharging imitation guns could face penalties.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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