Fears as BB guns on sale at shop

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHRISTY BYRNE christy.byrne@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @ByrneChristy

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

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