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Rome teen faces charges for shooting airsoft gun on his own property

There are 19 comments on the WKTV story from Sep 25, 2013, titled Rome teen faces charges for shooting airsoft gun on his own property. In it, WKTV reports that:

A Rome mother feels the pain of the Virginia mom whose son was suspended from school for a year for firing an airsoft gun on their own property.

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Gone2far

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Sep 27, 2013
The official that gave the order to charge the youth should be fired IMMEDIATELY!!!!! His (or her) name should be posted all over in every news paper so they will never be employed again.
Brat

Aylett, VA

#3 Sep 27, 2013
Spoiled kid.
Abbie Mills

Rome, NY

#4 Sep 27, 2013
The child was obviously in trouble before. The law does state that you have to be 18 to possess an air soft gun. I know from experience that the police usually don't care. I was personally told by an officer that they do not have a problem with them as long as they are not shooting at kids who are not participating. They can run down the street playing with them. My child was only brought home once because the officer had to give the gun to me. This was because someone at Kennedy Arena called. He said they have to respond but because all the other kids ran and jumped fences when they saw him,he was sure that they were all willing participants. He said the kids could be doing a lot worse things. They were wearing safety gear. He was impressed with the sniper riffle. This leads me to believe this kid was shooting at someone who was unarmed and not wanting to be shot. He has been in trouble with the law before and probably got lippy with the cop.
Exactly

Blossvale, NY

#5 Sep 27, 2013
Abbie Mills wrote:
The child was obviously in trouble before. The law does state that you have to be 18 to possess an air soft gun. I know from experience that the police usually don't care. I was personally told by an officer that they do not have a problem with them as long as they are not shooting at kids who are not participating. They can run down the street playing with them. My child was only brought home once because the officer had to give the gun to me. This was because someone at Kennedy Arena called. He said they have to respond but because all the other kids ran and jumped fences when they saw him,he was sure that they were all willing participants. He said the kids could be doing a lot worse things. They were wearing safety gear. He was impressed with the sniper riffle. This leads me to believe this kid was shooting at someone who was unarmed and not wanting to be shot. He has been in trouble with the law before and probably got lippy with the cop.
Not just that, but where was mommy dearest when the kid was getting into trouble...again...and again...and again. But finally charge the kid and she comes running to his defense. Besides, isn't she related to at least one RPD member? Why couldn't/wouldn't they help? Think about that for a minute and let it set in.
Abbie Mills

Rome, NY

#7 Sep 27, 2013
What is climbing? It says he was "ban from a local park for climbing".
abnor mill

Dover, DE

#8 Sep 28, 2013
Abbie Mills wrote:
The child was obviously in trouble before. The law does state that you have to be 18 to possess an air soft gun. I know from experience that the police usually don't care. I was personally told by an officer that they do not have a problem with them as long as they are not shooting at kids who are not participating. They can run down the street playing with them. My child was only brought home once because the officer had to give the gun to me. This was because someone at Kennedy Arena called. He said they have to respond but because all the other kids ran and jumped fences when they saw him,he was sure that they were all willing participants. He said the kids could be doing a lot worse things. They were wearing safety gear. He was impressed with the sniper riffle. This leads me to believe this kid was shooting at someone who was unarmed and not wanting to be shot. He has been in trouble with the law before and probably got lippy with the cop.
lets see..you have to be 18 to own a airsoft gun...the little brat as UNDER 18...he should be arrested & charged along with his mommy for being so stupid to allow you kid to shoot other kids with it!
Abbie Mills

Sherburne, NY

#9 Sep 28, 2013
Well the LAW states that you have to be 18. You can not purchase one until you are 18. Before getting one for my son,when he was 13,I researched. I also asked law enforcement. Otherwise,I wouldn't have purchased one. I had my child with me when I asked because I thought the cop's answer would be different. He did take the time to explain to him. Therefor he knew the rules straight off and couldn't play stupid later. That is why when all his friends ran that day at Kennedy,he did not. He knew he wouldn't get in trouble. Also I have taught him not to run from the police. You really have to know your child before buying them something like this. You have to research too. Some of these airsoft guns are very powerful. They list the FPS right on the package. If you are buying for a teen who is only using it to have wars with friends you don't buy a battery powered or gas powered one. After the first time with one of those the other teens won't invite you to any more wars.
Now there is a place in New Hartford that has wars. There are adults and children but parental consent forms need to be filled out. Everyone,at these wars,has high powered assault riffles. They don't really hurt anymore than paint balls. I personally would not let my son play without wearing a full mask. They are not that expensive and are sold right at Walmart. Also he is not allowed to shoot at anyone who is not wearing safety glasses or a mask. That is just my rule. If his friends don't have them he always has spares. They are very cheap and can prevent permanent eye damage.

I am sure there is a lot more to the story than this mother is telling. What is she teaching her son if she fights every time he gets into trouble? At 15 he is old enough to be responsible for his own actions. If you can't do the time then don't do the crime.
Abbie Mills

Rome, NY

#10 Sep 28, 2013
http://romesentinel.com/news ...

Teens charged in airsoft gun incident

Two juveniles were charged with unlawfully possessing airsoft guns earlier this summer after law enforcers said they were shooting at people at the FasTrac store on Black River Boulevard.

According to state law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to possess an air-gun. The identities of the juveniles were not released due to their young ages.

The mother of one of the teens recently spoke to local media disputing the charges. She declined to comment for this story.

Police Chief Kevin C. Beach said his officers responded June 1 to a report of "shots fired" at the FasTrac on the boulevard.

"Speaking with some individuals in the parking lot that reported they were being shot at by some yellow plastic BBs, is how they described it," Beach explained. At least one man was hit in the arm, while other people reported seeing their cars hit, Beach said.

The people directed the officers towards two teenage males shooting the guns from the nearby Rose Garden Apartments.

"The officers walked over, the two parties fled from them," Beach stated. "They were later able to identify two juveniles as being responsible."

The chief said the case was turned over to the department’s Juvenile Aid Division, and the teens were both charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a person under the age of 16. Beach said they were charged as juvenile delinquents in Family Court. Cases and dispositions in Family Court are not publicly released.

"I’m confident that if there were charges filed in Family Court, that they were appropriate," Beach stated.

The people who reported the incident to police were interviewed by the officers, but they declined to press charges, Beach explained.

This story sounds more like it. I knew there had to be more to it than what was on the wktv link.
word

Orange, NJ

#11 Sep 28, 2013
The law states that if u r under 18 u have to be supervised by a adult the mother was outside the whole time.so Why r the kids being charged plus the cops gave the gun back to the kids.then charge them 3 mth later Ik cause I was there.
Abbie Mills

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Sep 29, 2013
Besides if you use the brain God gave you and think about it,none of the victims pressed charges. Obviously,it was later decided that something had to be done,with or without the cooperation of the victims,before they seriously hurt someone.
Mommy you got shot

Clinton, NY

#17 Sep 30, 2013
Gone2far wrote:
The official that gave the order to charge the youth should be fired IMMEDIATELY!!!!! His (or her) name should be posted all over in every news paper so they will never be employed again.
He may have SHOT from his parents property. Where did the projectiles end up?
aslfkafk

Hamilton, NY

#20 Sep 30, 2013
Mommy you got shot wrote:
<quoted text>He may have SHOT from his parents property. Where did the projectiles end up?
Idk why don't you or Ms.Abbie tell us you seem to have all the details ?
aslfkafk

Hamilton, NY

#23 Oct 1, 2013
True wrote:
She's not a stranger to the trouble list.
How many times you going to change you're name and keep talking shit lol. Don't take you long to respond you little topix troll you lol. Get a job or a life.
Mommy you got shot

Clinton, NY

#24 Oct 1, 2013
aslfkafk wrote:
<quoted text>
Idk why don't you or Ms.Abbie tell us you seem to have all the details ?
Some where other than THEIR property. Criminal action!
Abbie Mills

Rome, NY

#25 Oct 1, 2013
The court yard of and apartment complex is not their property anyway. I don't know who the writer is for the OD but they were awful biased on this story.
really

Dover, DE

#26 Oct 1, 2013
"my kid was in a watergun fight and caught an infesction from the water in one of the guns! Water guns are weapons too!!! No more weapons! I'm gonna sue!"

give me a break. To charge these young men with a crime for this is silly. There is no reason for these toys to be illegal-and they were on private property here in Rome. They are every bit as dangerous as a sharp stick or a sling shot. Kids are not being allowed to be kids nor are they being allowed to learn how to take risks.

I've raised three children, they all used to "air soft" with their friends when younger....they and their friends learned quickly why there are rules, why they should be respected and why it is important to factor them in when calculating your level of risk.

All three are successful, college educated, young adults of whom I am very proud.

Helicopter parents and the State need to butt out! All this "control" and our country is just getting worse!
Idiot

Blossvale, NY

#27 Oct 1, 2013
really wrote:
"my kid was inn a watergun fight and caught an infesction from the water in one of the guns! Water guns are weapons too!!! No more weapons! I'm gonna s"
give me a break. To charge these young men with a crime for this is silly. There is no reason for these toys to be roperty here in Rome. They every bit as dangerous as a sharp stick or a sling shot. Kids are not being allowed to be kids nor are they being allowed to learn how to take risks.
I've raised three children, they all used to "air soft" with their friends when younger....they and their friends learned quickly why there are rules, why they should be respected and why it is important to factor them in when calculating your level of risk.
All three are successful, college educated, young adults of whom I am very proud.
Helicopter parents and the State need to butt out! All this "control" and our country is just getting worse!
You are the typical "do nothing, know nothing, but don't blame my kids" parent, who doesn't bother to know the law but blames the police when they actually enforce it. What a crock of crap. You actually call these people helicopter parents? Really? They didn't even know there was a law against her kids owning airsoft guns (according to them anyway, and ignorance is no excuse mind you), didn't know they had them, and now are fighting the fact that they were charged? A helicopter parent would never let a kid have a gun like that in the first place, especially being illegal.

Of course another thing you wouldn't bother to find out is that some sling shots are actually illegal in New York State as well. Yet another great example of the paragon of virtue and perfect parenthood telling the rest of us how terrible we are for being so overprotective. Really, my kid might make it to 18 with both of his eyeballs intact and without being labeled a juvenile delinquent. Somebody slap me. before you remind us again how wonderful your children turned out, let me remind you you probably know and nothing of what they did growing up. You clearly know nothing about the other important things in life, like laws and common sense. I doubt you paid much more attention to them either.

I mean really, if they are helicopter parents to you, what kind of a negligent, oblivious wreck of a parent were you?
Abbie Mills

Rome, NY

#28 Oct 1, 2013
Times have changed. Sling shots used to be little homemade things with a rubber band. There are alot more powerful ones now. Same with all these "toy" guns. When I was a kid there were guns that shot little plastic bbs. They didn't hurt at all. Sometimes we forget that things are more powerful. When my son got his M4 I pointed it out the back door and aimed at the garage. We have a large yard. I didn't think it would even go that far. Well,he started yelling at me. "You're going to break the window." I was like yeah right lol. Well,it was too late. I did break it. Mind you this was "just a toy gun". Like I have said in previous posts,THEY ARE NOT TOYS! I learned that rather quickly as I was writing a check for the new window. The airsoft guns he owned before that were all spring loaded and wouldn't even make a mark in a car if shot at close range. I really think him M4 airsoft gun could be used to hunt small game.
Tomo

Syracuse, NY

#30 Mar 11, 2015
abnor mill wrote:
<quoted text>lets see..you have to be 18 to own a airsoft gun...the little brat as UNDER 18...he should be arrested & charged along with his mommy for being so stupid to allow you kid to shoot other kids with it!
You have to be 16 in NY to possess an airgun, learn the law before you open your mouth

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