Firing BB guns at home could soon be legal

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It could soon be legal for BB guns and other air propelled weapons to be used in your own backyard as long as you take "reasonable care" to prevent the projectiles from leaving your property. The bill that passed the General Assembly also prevents localities from banning the use of the guns on private property. That bill is now headed to the governor's desk.

Some people say BB guns are dangerous and some even have the same firing power as a rifle. The gun owners we spoke with don't see this bill being a problem though.

"Well I think it could be a very good idea in helping to train youth and show them what any gun will do," said Dave Hancock.

Hancock sells air propelled weapons at Bob Moates Sports Shop. While national statistics found nearly 40 BB gun related deaths in a ten year span he's still in favor of passing this bill.

"A person who's going to own a gun, or want to do something wrong, they're going to do it no matter what the weapon is," said Hancock.

BBs can travel pretty far but gun store owners tell NBC12 that it is very unlikely that a gunshot wound from a BB gun can fatally injure someone.

"I don't see it as a danger," said gun owner, Michael Jacobson.

Customers we spoke with at the Sports Shop didn't see a problem with the new bill either. They don't believe it's the gun that's responsible for the many deaths.

"Saying guns kill people is like saying a pencil writes a report," said Jacobson.

"The issue behind this whole bill should be with proper supervision," said Hancock.

Of the nearly 40 BB gun related deaths in just 10 years, 32 of those killed were under 15 years old.

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