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Police Chief Warns Parents About Lookalike Guns

Falls Township Police Chief William Wilcox and his officers are seeing far too many images of kids pointing BB guns or pellet guns that look eerily like the real thing.

Wilcox said he is seeing more instances of kids sharing images of themselves on Snapchat and other social media platforms holding what amounts to be toy guns. For many, it’s hard to tell the difference between the lookalike toy guns and actual weapons, he said. Wilcox, in his report to the Falls Township Board of Supervisors, cautioned parents to stop buying toy guns that resemble real guns.

Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said he knows firsthand how lifelike toy guns can look. When he was a kid, he recalled having an air pistol that “looked exactly like a 357.” Except for air pistols, toy guns come equipped with an orange cap, he said. Sometimes people remove the cap or paint them to make them look more realistic, which he noted is dangerous for law enforcement and others who might mistake it for a weapon.

In addition to helping to spread the police chief’s message about lookalike toy guns, the Falls Supervisors have initiated other gun safety measures. With a goal of keeping the community safe, the Supervisors have put forth efforts to remove unwanted guns from residents’ homes as part of a gun takeback program.

The effort began several years ago and yielded 60 guns to date, according to Harvie. In some cases, widows saw no need to have guns in their home following their spouse’s death. In other instances, people opted to remove guns from their home with young children or grandchildren afoot.

Whatever the reason to remove guns from one’s home, the Falls Township Police Department is available to collect unwanted guns. Simply call the police non-emergency phone number at 215-949-9100 and an officer will stop by your residence to pick up the gun.

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