Amendment will not push for registration of airsoft guns
A proposed amendment on the holding of firearms in the Czech Republic will not require consumers to register airsoft pistols or rifles in the near future. Some had hoped the sale of airsoft guns – which are often almost perfect replicas of existing weapons – should also be regulated, not least given how often they are used in armed robberies.
In another case, in which an airsoft was apparently misused, the pellet penetrated a young man’s upper lip.
Ondřej Dušek is an armourer and shooting instructor for the Czech Army:
“Even an accidental death cannot be ruled out although that is very, very unlucky. But you wouldn’t want to lose an eye, either.”
What makes them even more convincing? Airsofts are weighted by manufacturers to appear and even feel as close to the real thing as possible. An airsoft pistol, meanwhile, can be bought for around 3,000 crowns; all one needs is ID showing the age of at least 18. Armourer Ondřej Dušek again:
“You basically cannot tell the difference between replicas and firearms which use bullets.”
“Even though the weapon he used was an airsoft, [the perpetrator] faces up to 10 years in jail…”
He repeated that the use of airsoft guns in hold-ups is fairly common. Given how easy it is to acquire near-perfect replicas of real guns, experts say, that is unlikely to change.