About the good publicity, i thought it'd be a good idea to try and get the Carlow Nationalist to retract the story or correct the mistakes. If they did it'd be a kick in the teeth for anyone against airsoft or bb guns in general.
i drafted an email but i figured i'd show it to you lot before i sent it any thoughts?
Dear Mr Coffey
My name is . I am writing to you with regard to the article titled
"Potentially lethal weapons openly on sale in Carlow " which was published on Wednesday, February 28, 2007.
I am primarily concerned about the following lines:
Bebe guns or Air Sport guns are illegal in Ireland
“These items are definitely illegal under the firearms and offensive weapons act. You need a licence to have them,” said a garda spokesperson.
The weapons, which are realistic replicas of firearms, can cause horrific or potentially fatal injures if used incorrectly.
The reason for my concern is the legitimacy of these statements. These BB guns assuming they have a muzzle velocity of 1 joule or less have been completely legal to own and transport since August 1st 2006. I understand that in normal circumstances there is no reson to doubt the word of a member of the Gardai, however this is not the first occurance of such a mistake on the part of the Gardai. Specifically an individual who had called the Gardai on a seperate matter was put in handcuffs and taken to the local Garda station for being in posession of a so called replica firearm. Subsequently upon discovering that this BB gun was not illegal he was released along with various apologies and brought home.
In relation to the potential hazards and dangers to using these BB guns they are no more dangerous than a hurl. Obviously there is the potential to abuse them, like there is the potential to abuse any other sports equipment, and use them for illegitimate reasons. As such I believe they should not be sold unregulated to anyone who just walks into a shop. This is a concern to many people who are involved in the sport of airsoft.
However the point of my email is that these errors in the article only serve to radicalize opinions on a legimate sport and create unnecessary oposition to its existance.
Obviously you have no good reason to believe me over a member of the Gardai, I only hope that following some closer inspection of the law and the capabilites of the BB guns that a these mistakes are corrected and a retraction on the part of the paper is made as soon as possible.
Last edited by Ample Free ...?; 01-03-2007 at 12:16.