MEMPHIS, Tenn. – FOX13 spoke to law enforcement and parents about safety precautions to take even when kids are playing with toy guns.
An 8-year-old girl died after being shot in the head over the weekend in Marion, Arkansas. Marion police say the shooting happened when a group of people showed up with splatter guns. They are toy guns that fire a ball of water gel but can sometimes feel too real.
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Law enforcement we spoke to told us that even if a gun you give your child is a toy gun, your child needs to be educated about it.
“I think one of the biggest concerns is that people think that putting a toy gun with their kids to play with is that they’re failing to educate their kids that we live in a society where everyone’s watching these things at face value. People see a gun and they think of a gun, they don’t think of a toy,” said DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Justin Smith.
Smith told FOX13 that with toy guns looking so real today, people look at them and think they’re the real thing.
“If you come across someone who doesn’t know you’re playing with a toy gun, it’s a really good idea not to point that gun at someone because they may take that as a threat,” said Smith.
Most of the splatter guns we found online looked real and didn’t have an orange tip, which is one of the options toymakers are required to use under federal law.
Darrel Gipson said he couldn’t understand how a toy gun could be made so authentic.
“Just a shame. It’s one of those things now that you have toy guns that look like a real gun,” Gipson said.
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