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Gun amnesty

12 April 2006 – Parents and children who have recently bought an illegal toy gun in a toy shop in East can hand these in at the police station, without being prosecuted. Last weekend, 283 ‘fake fire arms’ were confiscated. Investigations revealed that the shop owner had already sold 100 to 200 guns.

When asked why the guns had been confiscated, a police representative said: “Do you ever read newspapers? Then you will know that hold-ups with fake fire arms occur on a regular basis and that only recently someone in Nijkerk was shot dead”.

The representative refers to an incident in which a 49 year old man was killed by the police. After a report had come in about a man making threats, the police found a man brandishing a fake pistol that was ‘undistinguishable from a real one’.

The Amsterdam shop owner may be fined or even sent to jail. Parents and children who hand in toy guns that they have earlier bought will not be prosecuted, but if it is found out that they have been used in a criminal offence, then this will be investigated.

“Toy guns must be easily recognisable as such and have no strong resemblance to a real weapon (size, colour, details, open barrel etc.)”, according to the police. Both the guns shown above and the combat set shown earlier are examples of toys that were confiscated in East.

See also: Toy guns confiscated

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