Fears as BB guns on sale at shop
CONCERNS have been raised over a Southport shop stocking ball-bearing guns.
Southport Business Improvement District (BID) contacted police over the matter, but it was told that it was perfectly legal for Vivid, in Tulketh Street, to stock the items.
A BID spokesperson said: “They are ball-bearing guns that the shop was selling, we put the question to the police to ask was it legal.
“The response was that while the guns themselves weren’t appropriate, they couldn’t do anything about it, it’s all legal.
“It was actually raised to us by one of the businesses in Tulketh Street but there’s nothing illegal about it, shops do sell them, it’s just whether you agree or think it’s in bad taste.
“When we got the initial inquiry I sent it over to the police asking if they had any news on this and they said it’s perfectly legal but it’s in bad taste.”
“When we say guns it’s not a gun that fires bullets, they’re not even air guns.
“You can buy them on Amazon, they do look realistic, there’s plenty online.
“I’m not even sure what they fire, they’re mainly used for target practice.”
One resident said that she was particularly concerned about the realistic looking toys.
“When I was going past yesterday they had guns in the window.
“I said to my friend ‘I’m not happy about that’. One had 6mm bullets, it bothered me.
“They looked like proper guns, I just couldn’t believe it.
“Even if it was like a pellet gun there’s enough problems round and about in Liverpool and everywhere with guns isn’t there. It sets the wrong impression, I can’t just let that go.
“I think it’s dangerous, I know years ago they had those guns that made a bang but I don’t remember my son ever having a gun that shot like that.
“Even if it’s just pellets, they’re still dangerous.”
The owner of Vivid emphasised that the guns were toys, but did not wish to make further comment.
Vivid stocks ball-bearing guns as well as phones