‘Life-threatening’ toy guns confiscated

2011-09-23 08:53

Two pellet guns, described by police as toys, were confiscated from two men in Kroonstad for being “life-threatening”, Free State police said today.

The men were walking in Constantia yesterday morning when they were stopped by police because it looked as though they were concealing guns under their shirts, Sergeant Tlalanyane Pakela said.

“[Police] cornered them and disarmed them, only to find that the concealed objects were pellet toy guns each having a magazine with 14 pellets.”

Pakela said they removed the “two life-threatening toy guns from the public” as they resembled real pistols. The men were not arrested as no charge was laid against them.

Colonel Pule Solo of visible policing in Thabong said: “These toy guns may be used as weapons to commit crimes because not every community member would know that they are toys when used during commission of crimes.

“We are appealing to parents not to buy such toys for their children,” he said.

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