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Police take hard line on fake guns
ROGER MORONEY | 19th March 2010
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Police have vowed to take a tougher line with anyone carrying a fake firearm following an incident in Napier yesterday - the second time in a fortnight police have been called to investigate a gun sighting.
"Reckless and irresponsible," was Senior Sergeant Sarah Stewart's summation of yesterday's events.
Police received a call just after 2.15pm from a motorist who had spotted a woman passenger in a passing car waving around what appeared to be a pistol.
Police, several of them armed, intercepted the vehicle in Carlyle St, not far from the central city, and questioned the teenage occupants. The "firearm" was located and seized. It was a plastic fake.
"This was the second incident of this type in two weeks where people have been in possession of, or pointing, imitation firearms from vehicles in public places," Ms Stewart said.
Apart from the injury pellet or slug guns had the potential to cause, they also created "considerable" alarm to members of the public, she said.
Senior Sergeant Dan Foley said the teenage girl was made "very aware" of the seriousness of the situation, but was not charged.
"But we are re-assessing this and we will be taking a harder line."
Mr Foley said young people figured it was harmless to drive around and play with pellet guns but the day was coming when someone would be explaining their actions to a judge, not an officer at the roadside.
Would be a terrible tragedy for someone joking around to get shot.