No Toy Guns

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

is good news for peo­ple liv­ing in a coun­try with decades of war and in­sur­gen­cies. The Afghan In­te­rior Min­istry has put a ban on selling and us­ing toy guns through­out the coun­try. The de­ci­sion was taken when more than 180 chil­dren suf­fered eye in­juries from toy weapons dur­ing Eid-Ul-Fitr hol­i­days. The min­istry has or­dered lo­cal po­lice to con­fis­cate toy guns and seem­ingly harm­less plas­tic pis­tols that can lead to long-term dam­age to chil­dren, both phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally. Since the ban went into ef­fect, Afghan po­lice forces have seized toy guns from lo­cal shops and toy stores.

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