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Realistic-looking toy gun prompts public warning

Police issue warning (File photograph)

Police have warned people about the dangers of displaying realistic-looking toy guns in public.

The Bermuda Police Service said the matter was “of utmost importance”.

They explained: “We recently received a report of an individual observed carrying what appeared to be a real firearm near a residence.

“A concerned occupant promptly contacted the BPS, who immediately responded, identified the individual involved and seized the suspected firearm.

“Upon investigation, it was determined that the item in question was, in fact, a realistic looking toy gun.

“The item was subsequently seized by officers who responded.”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Antoine Daniels added: “This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers and serious repercussions that can arise from the use or display of realistic looking toy guns in public spaces.

“Such actions can create unnecessary panic, confusion and may even result in arrest or more tragic consequences.”

He added: “We urge all members of the community, to exercise caution and responsibility when handling toy guns that closely resemble real firearms.

“It is crucial that you take into consideration the potential risks associated with carrying such items in public areas.

“Parents and guardians, please take the time to discuss this with your children or minors for whom you are responsible.

“Furthermore, we appeal to members of the public to consider the impact of their actions and to refrain from using realistic looking toy guns in a manner that could be misconstrued as a threat to public safety.”

Firearms, which include airsoft pistols, are prohibited under section 2(1) of the Firearms Act 1973.

A police spokesman reminded residents that police took “the safety and wellbeing of our community very seriously” and relied on their help to maintain public safety.

He urged anyone who saw suspicious or concerning behaviour involving the use of a suspected firearm to contact police.

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Published June 25, 2024 at 7:57 am (Updated June 25, 2024 at 7:57 am)

Realistic-looking toy gun prompts public warning

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