Fakes Guns, Real Guns, Doesn’t Matter. Telling Which is Which Is Harder Than It’s Supposed To Be

By Tom Knighton

When I was a kid, I remember my police officer father sitting me down to talk. He wanted me to make sure that I knew not to ever point a toy gun at a police officer.

Now, I’d been raised with the Four Rules applied to my toy guns from the getgo, so there was no risk of that, but then Dad told me about how some kids were doing that, and the police didn’t know these guns weren’t real and the kids were getting shot. I remember feeling stunned that kids my age were getting shot, especially because the police couldn’t tell the difference between the toys and real firearms. Then again, I couldn’t really fathom kids with toy guns not having fathers teach them the Four Rules with those toys, so there was that.

However, the U.S. Concealed Carry Association has some thoughts related to that long ago day, despite rules being in place to prevent those incidents.

Over the last few years, underage youths have been increasingly caught carrying fake or replica firearms. Many of these can be made to look amazingly real by merely spraying the (government-mandated) orange barrel with some black paint. Not even a firearms expert could tell the difference at typical self-defense distances.

But there is also an even uglier flipside. Some hard-core gang members and drug dealers have begun taking REAL guns and spray painting the muzzles with bright orange (“Day-Glo”) paint. I’ve seen photos of whole banquet-sized tables strewn with such guns. Diabolical.

In an actual case relayed to me by one of my law enforcement friends, the officer who encountered one of these doctored guns admitted that seeing the orange-tipped gun caused him to hesitate for just a second. That was enough. The gang-banger fired first, hitting the cop in the leg Click to see the original article