You decide: BB gun or real firearm?

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BOURNE – When looking at the BB guns pictured above, imagine the following scenario: You are a police officer. You get a call of individuals causing a disturbance, possibly shooting a firearm in a residential neighborhood. You respond to see two individuals holding these weapons. As you approach, how are you supposed to know that these are “only” BB guns.

These BB guns were seized Tuesday as part of an investigation into the destruction of property and the discharge of a BB gun over a public way. Thankfully, the officers received prior knowledge that the weapons involved were BB guns.

Bourne Police respectfully ask you the next time you hear about a police use of force incident and hear that the suspect “only had a BB gun”, to think to yourself, “Would I recognize this item as “ONLY” a BB gun at 2 AM with less than a second to analyze my options?”

As always, let’s be safe out there!
Media release and photo furnished by Bourne Police
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Hyannis, MA 02601
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