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AIBU to be worried/annoyed about BB gun and neighbours children?

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jester68 Sun 31-Jul-11 11:41:25

We live next door to a dad who has 2 sons, one aged about 9 and the other about 15.

Yesterday they came back from somewhere and the youngest had a BB gun (childlike)

They have been outside firing most of yesterday evening when my partner had to tell them to stop shooting it at our bedroom window.

They are out there again and have been firing some into our garden.

What is worrying me is we have 2 young children. The eldest is 5 and the youngest is 14 months old. I am more concerned that they are going to get hit by one (would it do damage?) or my youngest is going to pick them up and try to eat them.

Our children are supervised in the garden but as the pellets are so small you cannot always easily locate them plus our youngest always seems to find what is forbidden!

What are the rules of these guns? Surely they are not allowed to be fired into someone elses garden especially when young children are there?

Any help or advice much appreciated

EveryonesJealousOfWeasleys Sun 31-Jul-11 11:47:40

Call the police - just the local station number - they will probably send someone round to confiscate it.

jester68 Sun 31-Jul-11 11:50:36

Thanks EJOW I have been thinking off that. I know they are young boys just having fun but obviously I have my children to consider.

mymumdom Sun 31-Jul-11 11:51:21

I have seen plenty of pets with BB pellets in them so yes, they can hurt a child. Call the police.

TidyDancer Sun 31-Jul-11 11:52:21

Bloody hell. Definitely call the police.

Chundle Sun 31-Jul-11 11:54:23

I had a BB gun when I was a kid police confiscated mine as I was 'firing in a built up area' in other words kids can use them but nowhere near houses or estates only in open fields an such like. I got hit in the back by a BB pellet at 12 years old and had to have it removed at hospital and my cousin was nearly blinded by one. They are dangerous to kids

borderslass Sun 31-Jul-11 11:55:07

They are illegal to have unless on private land and then only from the age of 14 under adult supervision, I'd call the police.

KoolAidKid Sun 31-Jul-11 11:58:59

Geez some parents are idiots

Ring police

jester68 Sun 31-Jul-11 12:05:17

Thanks all. I am awaiting a call back from local police. They seem to have stopped at moment but will most probably start again if given a chance and carry on until 9 tonight.

We are built up around here -houses either side and around back etc. Most have young children and animals (we have 2 cats of our own who are scared of the noise and seem to camp out front!)

Their father was in the house so not really supervising them.

Rhinestone Sun 31-Jul-11 14:45:05

Wow, they could be in deep shit quite frankly. Glad you've called the police, that is not on.

TrinIsASadSpottyFatRhino Sun 31-Jul-11 14:48:57

but how do you know its a real one
most ones that young kids have can barely nock over a fag packet at 6 foot

they should not be firing them into your garden but I doubt it coud harm anyone

unless its a real one

BornSicky Sun 31-Jul-11 14:54:32

they are dangerous. i shot a friend by accident when i was a kid. trip to a&e, stitches and concussion.

i hate them and think they should be banned.

Mitmoo Sun 31-Jul-11 14:56:02

Dangerous damned things, either see the father and tell him or tell the police and say nothing directly. My friend had to pay £900 for surgeries to her cat after the poor thing was shot.

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