BB Guns under Attack Worldwide
One of the best holiday films of all time, A Christmas Story, features a young Ralphie whose sole reason for the season is to get his new Red Ryder 200-shot range model carbine action BB gun. Well, these days Ralphie would be in a world of hurt. Increasingly these simple rites of passage from boyhood are being targeted.
The Graves Act
Growing up, air rifles and pistols were taken seriously-- to a degree. They clearly were not toys and had to be treated with respect. After all, you had to ensure that all of your same basic range safety rules were met to keep from shooting yours or someone else's eye out. Well in New Jersey, they took it even more seriously than that. Several years ago, they passed New Jersey 2C:39-5, otherwise known as the Graves Act, which severely limits firearms ownership and usage.
In fact in the Garden State, if you have an unregistered air pistol or rifle without the proper permits you could be found guilty of a third degree felony. The charge? Unlawful possession of a weapon. This can mean up to three -5 years in prison with up to 3 years being mandatory without parole eligibility.
Use a BB gun in Jersey: go to jail.
The Land of the Kiwi
In the small archipelago nation of New Zealand, you know, where all the Hobbit films are made on location, there is a new law in town. Called the Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act; it created a new category of banned weapon: the 'restricted airgun'.
According to the article "A restricted airgun is an airgun (with or without any of its attachments) that either has the appearance of being a pistol, restricted weapon, or military style semi-automatic firearm or is designed for use in airsoft or paintball sports and has the appearance of being a firearm capable of full automatic fire. From today, anyone importing restricted airguns will require an import permit from police. Police will need to be satisfied that there are special reasons for allowing the airguns to be imported into New Zealand before they issue a permit."
Eh, maybe it is for the best. You'll shoot your eye out, kid.