The police department of Cedar Rapids Iowa is going to be asking the City Council to ban the carrying of paintball, bb and other similar projectile shooting devices in public due to a rash of vandalism.
Because these devices are legal to own and because the projectiles are essentially untraceable, even when police catch someone with a shooter in the vicinity of vandalism, they generally canít prove anything.
The local police chief notes that several surrounding towns already have similar ordinances and that requiring owners to carry their guns unloaded in a sealed contain will both aid them in catching vandals AND will help police avoid SHOOTING citizens who are armed with look-a-likes.
Similar local laws have either already been on the books or have been enacted over the past 25 years as a direct response to the advent of and misuse of paintball guns. (Same with BB guns, but BB guns are someone elseís look-out.)
This time, the request for the law follows a weekend in which over 150 reports of vandalism with BB guns were reported.
The Cedar Rapids police department receives an average of 1170 reports of vandalism using BB, paintball and air guns EACH YEAR.
The city has a population of roughly 125,000. Thatís one case of vandalism per 100 inhabitants and that is just WAY too visible.
Just one city in one relatively under-populated state. If we stretch the numbers to cover the entire country, we could be looking at 2.7 million vandalism incidents per year. That number bears absolutely no scientific scrutiny whatsoever, but it certainly gives an idea of the potential scope of the problem.
More importantly, the Cedar Rapids Police Departmentís action demonstrates exactly what happens when you donít address your own problems - others step in to take care of them for you - usually in ways that are unacceptable to you but seem perfectly reasonable to them.
You can read the entire article HERE - including the estimated quarter of a million dollars of property damage caused each year.
Go ahead and Discuss this on going problem.