My Email to State Senator Gaines Regarding SB 199

California State Senator Ted Gaines voiced concerns about SB 199 in the Senate Appropriations Committee on January 21.  He noted that the bill would affect current owners of guns without accomplishing the original intent of the legislation.

“Dear Senator Gaines,

Thank you for your comments regarding the unintended effects of SB 199.  Airsoft Medicine has been working for over three years to keep airsoft fun by keeping airsoft safe.  We do not find that SB 199 will make airsoft guns safer.  The situation Senator De Leon is attempting to address with SB 199 was caused by a real gun bullet fired by a police officer as the victim was violating current law.  The passing of SB 199 would not prevent such a situation from occurring again, but it would severely effect the sport of MilSim Airsoft played every weekend by thousands of Californians on insured fields and facilities across the state.  Please also note the coloration proposed by the bill is already used in real guns as shown in this picture I took this month at the Shot Show in Las Vegas.  Senate Bill 199 will not make anyone safer.  In fact, making airsoft guns look like toys increases the risk of parents and children not taking their potential for injury seriously.

real guns

Many airsoft enthusiasts share a concern for the ready availability of replica airsoft guns to minors.  The ability to purchase these guns from “Big Box” retailers instead of dedicated specialty stores increases the number of units distributed to individuals who do not have education in the safe handling and use of these replicas.  The specialty stores are much more aware of how misuse of these products will hurt their business, and they have policies in place to educate consumers at the time of sale.  A 2013 study published in the March edition of theFrench Journal of Ophthalmology on airsoft injuries found that, “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.”  The conclusion of the paper proposed, “to forbid selling these guns outside of specialized stores.”

Please oppose SB 199 in its current form to protect our children, the MilSim Airsoft Sport, and the California Airsoft Industry.

Sincerely,

Mark Vaughan, M.D.
www.auburnmedicalgroup.com

www.airsoftmedicine.com”

Dr. Mark Vaughan is the founding member and Medical Director of the Auburn Medical Group, in Auburn, California. As Dr. Airsoft, he has been making airsoft more fun by helping players avoid injury, with partner Rangemaster Larry, by providing information on airsoft safety and injury prevention through the Airsoft Medicine YouTube Channel, Podcast, and Blog.

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