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March 15, 2010

Government Agents Seize Toy Guns

Posted by Dave Blount at March 15, 2010 9:59 AM

Carrying forward the tradition she established as Governor of Arizona, Nappy Napolitano won't lift a finger to prevent smuggling of people, drugs, weapons, and who knows what else across the Mexican border. But at least bureaucrats are keeping us safe from toy guns:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), apparently unable to distinguish between real guns and replicas, seized a shipment of 30 toy guns in a February bust at the Port of Tacoma in Washington.
Airsoft guns, which fire little plastic balls, are used by a growing number of loyal enthusiasts (think paintball, only not as messy). In addition, thanks to their realistic look, weight, and feel, these guns are often used for training purposes by National Guard units and law enforcement.
It was this realism that led CBP agents to seize the shipment — which was destined for Airsoft Outlet Northwest in Cornelius, Oregon — and to call in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) for a closer look.

Despite working for the government, someone at the BATFE was at least competent enough to determine that Airsoft guns are not real firearms. But that didn't end the matter. Bureauweenies claimed that the toys could be converted into machine guns with "minimal work" (i.e., just a couple waves of a magic wand).

Astonished, the owners of the store, Brad Martin and his son, Ben, inquired with the agents as to exactly how "minimal" the work would be to "convert" these toys into real machine guns.
The Martins were given the government version of "talk to the hand." File a Freedom of Information Act request, they were told.

Meanwhile…

The toy guns, valued at over $10,000, remain in the hands of the BATFE and are slated to be destroyed.

Although regulating (i.e., confiscating and destroying) toy guns clearly falls outside the BATFE's jurisdiction, it's a relief to know that Big Government is keeping us safe. Ask any moonbat mommy: toy guns are a threat to our children, possibly encouraging them to grow up not to be wimpy metrosexual weenies who reflexively vote for Democrats.

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Next target of the BATFE.

On a tip from Viking04.