Liability for Airsoft and BB Gun Injuries
What are Airsoft Guns?
Airsoft guns are a brand of pellet guns that use spring, gas, or electrical mechanisms to fire small pellets at very high speeds. They are similar to BB guns, except that they are often manufactured to look exactly like real hand guns, rifles, or machine guns. They are typically used in connection with target practice, paint-ball type games, and firearms training.
What are the Main Concerns with Airsoft and BB Guns?
In addition, and probably of greater concern is that Airsoft guns bear a remarkable resemblance to authentic firearms. There have been many reports of persons being mistakenly shot or tased by police officers who believed that a person was armed, but in reality were carrying an Airsoft gun. Simply holding such a “toy” can create a dangerous situation for youths and children, as well as adults.
What are the Laws on Airsoft Guns?
Finally, persons who commit crimes using a replica or an Airsoft gun will usually be prosecuted as if they were using an actual firearm. You should check your local gun possession laws to learn the status of Airsoft guns in your area.
What if I have been injured by an Airsoft Gun?
You would need to prove that the gun was defective when you purchased it, and that the defects caused your injury. If you were not using the gun in the proper manner or for its intended purpose, you will likely not be able to recover damages.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Airsoft Gun Injuries?
Airsoft and BB gun injuries occur by the thousands every year. Most of these involve persons who are aged 20 or younger. Persons should exercise the utmost caution when using such guns. If you have been injured due to a defective product, you may wish to contact a personal injury lawyer for advice. Also, if you have been involved in a crime or an incident involving an Airsoft gun, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.
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Last Modified: 01-26-2011 04:40 PM PST
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