Milford parks board weighs BB gun req...

Milford parks board weighs BB gun request

There are 12 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Mar 8, 2009, titled Milford parks board weighs BB gun request. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Is a BB gun a firearm? That's the issue the Park, Beach and Recreation Commission is wrestling with, after receiving a request by local Scouting leaders to allow BB guns at a summer camp in Eisenhower Park.

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The Truth

United States

#1 Mar 8, 2009
Under the State of CT criminal statutes, a bb gun is considered a dangerous weapon and if you read the police log in the CT Post, I constantly see young people getting charged with the statute especially the statute with the weapon in a motor vehicle.
The other big question is about liability... who will be held responsible when someone gets seriously injured because it will happen??
Boys Scouts should just do the traditional recreational stuff like fishing, hiking, etc.

Poughkeepsie, NY

#2 Mar 8, 2009
BB guns should not be allowed in the park. They should only be use in an indoor shooting range. Accidents do happen. The scouts don't need them since there are stores in the area to buy food. No hunting allowed. What is next UZI for shooting boxes of saltines. With all the hungry people around shooting up saltines delivers the wrong message. Bring the saltines to a soup kitchen where they are needed. Scouting is not what it use to be.
The Informer

Elizabeth, NJ

#3 Mar 8, 2009
Archery and target shooting with BB guns,.22 rifles, and skeet shooting are common activities at Scout camps and have been for a very long time. They are traditional recreational activities for Scouts. I would rather they learn the proper way to handle a weapon in a controlled environment and understand the danger than be ignorant to it and be one of those morons that shoots his buddy because they found daddy's gun and wanted to play.

It looks like this is mostly an issue of how the City's rules are written regarding weapons in the parks. If they determine that the Scouts will be allowed to use the BB guns, the City just needs to keep tabs on it to ensure everything is done safely and not others at the park are in danger.

United States

#4 Mar 8, 2009
It's because of beareucratic nitwits like those noted in the article, that are founding founders thought it necessary to put the right to bear arms directly into the 2nd amendment. When these kids are 18 they can legally buy weapons. Why not allow them supervised training that teaches them how to use a rifle, gun etc. And come on target shooting is fun. It's quite a challenge to see if you can hit the targets.

Trumbull, CT

#5 Mar 8, 2009
While BB guns are considered dangerous weapons, there is a n exception for Scouts.
Under Sec. 53-206,(5) the carrying of a BB. gun by any person taking part in a supervised event or competition of the Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of America or in any other authorized event or competition while taking part in such event or competition or while transporting such weapon to or from such event or competition;

Gun safety is taught to all the boys in the hope of keeping them safe if they ever come in contact with a gun left unsupervised. They are also instructed in the safe handling of the gun while at the range.

The Boy Scouts of Connecticut Yankee Council log thousands of hours of community service, which includes food drives.
moved on

Louisville, TN

#6 Mar 8, 2009
The adult supervision in a structured setting as the scouts are set up as would provide the proper environment for shooting. Taxpayer above is an example of the ignorant antis that don't know what they are talking about. First, this type of bb gun isn't used for hunting as it doesn't produce enough projectile velocity to kill game. Second this ignoramous doesn't even realize that hunting goes on all around Milford, from ducks in the marsh and sound to deer in the north sections. Please know what the h$ll you are talking about before you speak.

Oxford, CT

#7 Mar 8, 2009
Who gets to pick up all of the spent BBs at the end of the day? Sounds like it should be a punishment for the misbehavers. Sorry, but I don't think anyone can actually be expected to go around and find all of those BBs on the ground.
The Informer

Elizabeth, NJ

#8 Mar 8, 2009
Unbeliever wrote:
Who gets to pick up all of the spent BBs at the end of the day? Sounds like it should be a punishment for the misbehavers. Sorry, but I don't think anyone can actually be expected to go around and find all of those BBs on the ground.
It doesn't take much to collect BB's behind a target. A heavy duty cardboard box with some padding placed behind the target will probably catch just about all of them.
Connecticut Democrat

River Grove, IL

#9 Mar 8, 2009
My blood curdles when I think of all the unregistered butter knives out there!

United States

#10 Mar 8, 2009
Connecticut Democrat wrote:
My blood curdles when I think of all the unregistered butter knives out there!
Love your comment and name! Nice job.
Yellow Watchdog

Cheshire, CT

#12 Mar 9, 2009
Yellow journalism, in short, is biased opinion masquerading as objective fact. Moreover, the practice of yellow journalism involved sensationalism, distorted stories, and misleading images for the sole purpose of boosting newspaper sales and exciting public opinion. The Connecticut Post article seems to fit into that catagory.

Newspapers should state the facts and avoid opinion unless they are writting an editorial.

Another article about the BB-gun range request was written by the New Haven Register on March 9, 2009.

Danielson, CT

#13 Mar 10, 2009
I like Kerri Rowland, but is she serious about having to register a BB Gun?? How clueless. Let them shoot, but teach them safety first foremost and always.

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