Con­fus­ing ques­tions

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

Although I can un­der­stand why some peo­ple would want work­ing repli­cas of real firearms ( I own two replica pis­tols), things like replica AR15s, Uzi sub ma­chine guns and other mil­i­tary ri­fles don’t re­ally do any­thing for me....but each to their own....as long as they are kept away from pub­lic view and locked away se­curely when not in use. As for cam­ou­flage, I don’t think it is nec­es­sary to dress up like a Royal Ma­rine Com­mando to go out shoot­ing rab­bits etc, es­pe­cially when orange cam­ou­flage has proved it­self to be ef­fec­tive. I’ve never seen a mem­ber of the armed ser­vices wear­ing orange. I re­mem­ber my cousin back in the 1960s go­ing out to shoot rab­bits with his We­b­ley Fal­con air ri­fle, his cam­ou­flage con­sisted of a pair of blue jeans and a woolly jumper....and he al­ways came home with a bag of rab­bits! I think it’s far too easy for id­iots, as Paul calls them, to go into a shop and legally buy a replica firearm and full cam­ou­flage kit when there is so much crime around. It can only push the au­thor­i­ties to bring in li­cens­ing for air­guns, which wouldn’t be good for us law abid­ing peo­ple. CYRIL BENN

Hello Cyril I’m a lit­tle con­fused by the point you’re mak­ing about repli­cas. You say that you own them, but that ‘ id­iots’ should not be al­lowed to buy them. Who will de­cide who is an id­iot and who is not? Defin­ing ‘ id­iot’ is go­ing to be very tricky! I’m also con­fused about your cam­ou­flage com­ments. Orange cam­ou­flage works be­cause our quarry does not see colours in the way we do, and the bright tone be­comes just an­other shade in their view. The point of orange is that we hu­mans see it very well and it can help to re­duce the chance of a shoot­ing ac­ci­dent when sev­eral hunters are in the same area. You’re right that cam­ou­flage cloth­ing is not nec­es­sary to be a suc­cess­ful hunter, but it can help, and I’ll take all the help I can get! Fi­nally, I fail to see the con­nec­tion be­tween cam­ou­flage and crime. You might not like the look, but as far as I know it’s not il­le­gal … yet. Ed.

Cam­ou­flage isn’t a crime as far as I know

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