Youth Arrested for Airsoft Gun at Ridgefield High School

Ridgefield police saw what they first thought was a shotgun emerge from a car window at Ridgefield High School.

On Thursday, September 27 at 2:30 pm, Ridgefield Police saw “what appeared to be a shotgun” emerge from the passenger side of a vehicle travelling within the Ridgefield High School parking lot, police reports state.

Police pulled over the vehicle and found that the gun was “an Airsoft-type weapon without an orange tip,” police said. The passenger who had allegedly brandished the gun was a 17 year-old male; he was brought to police headquarters and charged with breach of peace and brandishing a facsimile fire arm, according to police.

The youth was given juvenile summons to appear in court and was released to his parents.

Airsoft guns typically fire plastic BBs and are usually powered by battery or C02. Depending on their design, Airsoft guns can appear clearly toy-like with see-through plastic or may appear convincingly realistic. In accordance with federal law, all toy guns are required to be sold with orange tips, although these tips are sometimes removed after-market. 

DMANC October 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Sarcasm ?
Thomas Soukup October 02, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Cyphre Smith: I agree with your post and by its nature, would consider you to be both safe and passionate about your sport. Your link,however,takes a Three Stooges approach to the very serious topic of gun safety. During my military training and as a 35 year C&C Permit holder and while attending many many NRA classes, I've never seen instructors trivialize gun safety in such a way. I am sure there are better examples of Air Soft gun safety.
Wayne Addessi October 02, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Hmm we were all kids once. These air soft guns the cops should be familiar with and so too the kids. Remember there are lots of kids out there with these guns and all need to be reminded when an incident like this occurs is maybe a time to acquaint all with what to do and what not to do? Maybe "School" should be in session on this issue and the HS should remind kids and broadcast what could have happened. There could have been a death here and it could happen to any one of our kids. This is an ever growing sport and kids will travel with these "guns". Actually this is a good thing this happened and now we should all learn from it. That's my take on it.
DASHpb October 05, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The police did absolutely nothing wrong by arresting this young man. As owner of Danbury Action Sports, a retailer of paintball and airsoft supplies, I can tell you our first priority is making sure our customers, especially young boys, understand the seriousness of the sport. In the same manner that eye protection must always be worn to stop injuries, proper equipment handling must be followed to stop exactly these kinds of situations. This is especially more important with airsoft GUNS over paintball MARKERS, because air soft guns really do look, operate and feel like real guns. The issue becomes when instead of coming to a pro-shop, these kids go to Walmart or Sports Authority or Dick's Sporting Goods, where the laws, regulations, and flat out common sense behind owning such a marker is not explained to them. Sure they come with orange tips, but the cheaper companies purposely make these tips easy to remove. The bottom line is that the kids using the equipment need to be learn what the situation is, and this kid learned the hard way, hopefully his friends will learn from his mistakes.
carmensanchez November 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
What a story!! <a href="http://jwphemporium.com/index.php/cPath/55_132">cheap airsoft supplies</a> are available everywhere and it surprises me that more kids don't get in trouble with airsoft guns. Scary to think that such young kids are getting involved!


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