would you let your 14yr old have a bb gun?

(37 Posts)
toffeebunny Sun 16-Jun-13 19:34:38

My 14 yr old son is pestering me for a bb gun...again. He did this a couple of years ago and I adamantly said no once I'd researched it a bit. It was easier then, he was 12, a bit all over the place and not very sensible. He's now much more mature, aware of the risks and is telling me he feels very left out because all his friends have one. He told me recently when he goes to their homes sometimes they have bb wars in the garden or woods and he borrows a gun. I've told him I will research it a bit more and talk to other parents. I'm confused totally about the whole thing. He's my youngest child and my older son never had an interest so this hasn't arisen before. Some of these friends who have guns have the most sensible and careful parents. Am I being over anxious? He doesn't want a really expensive one...about £30 or so with a power of 300 FPS. He says the lower ones of 150 are not worth having. Any thoughts???

Turniptwirl Wed 19-Jun-13 23:27:16

I disagree with BB guns altogether to be honest.

Solo Thu 20-Jun-13 11:54:48

No, I would not let my 14yo Ds have any kind of gun.

chocoluvva Thu 20-Jun-13 12:34:22

The benefits don't outweigh the risks IMO, so I wouldn't let my or any 14YO DS get one. Sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

watchingout Thu 20-Jun-13 21:19:25

My DSS has brought one into our house. FWIW they have to be painted bright orange in the UK to minimise them being mistaken hysterically for handguns/ machine-guns. He's 13 and bought it himself mail order blush

lljkk Sat 22-Jun-13 09:41:13

DS is 13 & desperately wants one.
I took him to shooting sessions in sports halls for yrs (too old now, but I am glad he's in scouts so will get more chances).
If we had a relative who was into recreational shooting I would let DS go with him.
I asked local gun club but they don't allow junior members on their own.
When questioned long enough DS admits he just wants the BB gun to scare other people hmm.
so I'm not against it always in principle, but my DS, in my circumstances, No Way.

valiumredhead Thu 04-Jul-13 15:37:55

Ds is 12 and is desperate for onehmm

I've told him he can join a gun club when he's old enough. Ironically he had a go at a local country fair and the bloke said he was a really good aim. Greathmm

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Thu 04-Jul-13 15:41:34

No, mine have stopped asking and thankfully the local shop which sold them has closed down

valiumredhead Thu 04-Jul-13 15:44:47

If we had a massive garden/land it would be different and Dh could supervise him-but we haven't so that's that.

One of the kids in DS1's school bought a BB gun to school recently, and got expelled. I wouldn't let DS1 have one under any circumstances. I just don't see why he could possibly need one.

WorrySighWorrySigh Sat 06-Jul-13 11:48:56

DS shoots at Army Cadets and I have also taken him to a gun club. I am totally happy with this as there is huge emphasis on safety and maintenance.

Problem with BB guns is not just your own DC but there is always the unknown quantity of the other guy or the random third party. Your DC may be totally reliable and safe, the other guy may be a pillock. The random third party might accidentally get in the way or call the Police in the belief that they are shooting at him.

allmycats Sat 06-Jul-13 11:53:25

Take him to a gun club, there is no reason at all for BB guns to be used outside of organised activities. People have been shot by the police for having guns that look real, and with very good reason.

WorrySighWorrySigh Sat 06-Jul-13 15:29:14

Our local gun club accepts members at any age. The emphasis is on accuracy at various distances. There is no sense of a gung ho, shoot em up. All very sober and responsible.

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