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What's the law say about BB and pellet gun use?

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The recent spate of incidents involving BB or air guns begs a question: How are these guns regulated?

First off, they’re not considered firearms, said Tyler Woo, a referee for Airsoft Hawaii, an organization for air gun enthusiasts.

Anyone 18 and over can own one without a license.

Woo said air guns are popular for recreation, pest control, or target practice, and he called the string of pellet gun-related incidents targeting dogs, cars and people “malicious.”

Under city ordinance, an air gun is defined as “any gun, rifle or pistol … designed to expel a pellet or BB shot.”

It’s against the law to:

  • Carry an air gun on any street or public parcel, unless it’s in a carrying case;
  • Discharge an air gun from any street or public parcel;
  • Discharge an air gun in a way that endangers people or property;

In a statement, the Honolulu Police Department said BB and pellet guns “are not toys and can cause property damage and injure humans or pets.”

In the wake of the recent pellet gun shootings, police are telling people to on the lookout for suspicious behaviors.

Anyone who spots someone using a BB or pellet gun inappropriately should call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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