Fake guns ‘put people at risk’
Monday 26th August 2013, 12:01PM BST.
REPLICA gun owners are putting themselves in danger because others would struggle to identify the weapons as fake, Guernsey Police has warned.
The force’s chief firearms instructor, Inspector JP Le Breton, said even highly trained officers could have difficulty distinguishing whether a weapon was an imitation or genuine due to a number of factors.
‘Authorised firearms officers are placed in a difficult and highly stressful position to make a split second decision based upon the circumstances known to them at the time.
‘We take all reports of incidents very seriously and all firearms will be treated as real until in the hands of an authorised firearms officer,’ he said.
‘When we arrive, the firearm may not be fully visible so we have to make our decision on what we can see,’ he added. ‘There may be some aggravating factors that make the decision more difficult, including low light, environmental factors, obstructions and the way it [the gun] is being held.’