“Big Box” stores are documented as the source of airsoft guns in a significant number of airsoft eye injuries according to a 2013 study published in the March edition of the French Journal of Ophthalmology. Results of the study find, “In one out of every two cases, the gun had been won at a booth in a fair or had been purchased in a big-box store.” In addition to a call for use of eye protection, the paper concludes with a propsal ” to forbid selling these guns outside of specialized stores.” (Rambaud C – J Fr Ophtalmol – 01-MAR-2013; 36(3): 236-41)
Thumpy would tell us that he has known this all along. He has often made a call to eliminate the “craptastic plastic” which litters “Big Box” stores across the US (and apparently France). It is also interesting that a recent meeting of leaders of the US-based airsoft industry made mention of the risks posed by the retailing of airsoft guns outside of specialty stores. With California SB 199 currently going through the California Senate, we need to consider if changing how guns are purchased may obviate the need to regulate their coloration. I know I would welcome such an amendment.