SOUTH Yorkshire’s new police and crime commissioner has warned parents to think twice about buying pellet and BB guns as presents for their children for Christmas.
Shaun Wright, the county’s recently elected police and crime commissioner, issued the warning in the wake of a number of incidents nationwide, where youngsters have been found carrying the imitation guns in public.
Mr Wright, Rotherham Council Labour member for Rawmarsh and a former borough mayor, said: “If you have a replica gun such as a BB gun, pellet gun or air rifle then you are more likely to harm yourself or someone else.
“BB guns, pellet guns and air rifles are imitation firearms and it is illegal for them to be carried in a public place.
“If misused they can cause serious or fatal injuries.
“Furthermore, if the police receive reports of someone, young or old, carrying what looks like a gun, this will result in armed officers being deployed.”
South Yorkshire Police armed officers deliver an anti-gun and knife crime presentation called Guns and Knives Take Lives to nearly every secondary school every school year.
During the talks officers tell pupils about the dangers of imitation firearms and serious consequences if they are misused.