Air-Soft Guns Cause BPD Dilemma

Area police are spending more of their time checking out reports of someone with a weapon…and increasingly, that weapon turns out to be a so-called “air-soft” gun, that looks like a real pistol or rifle, but shoots plastic pellets.

Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird says the less-harmful weapons are legal, but that doesn’t mean their presence is not a danger. It’s all in the appearance.

Beaird told the city council Monday that he’d like to put together an ordinance that requires soft-gun, pellet and B.B. gun owners to carry them in a case that’s too big to conceal. But in the meantime, the Chief is looking for public and city council input.

Just a few days ago, West Burlington police arrested a Burlington man for stealing an air-soft pistol from SCC.