Firearm expert reminds public to practice safety with BB guns – News 40
BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky – A woman was charged with murder over the weekend after police said she shot a man with a BB gun.
Recreational firearms are common backyard activities in the area, but it’s important to remember that BB guns, pellet guns, and even airsoft guns can injure someone if not handled properly.
News 40 has partnered with gun instructor and Marine veteran Adam Ellison to test a few different types of recreational guns and to discuss safety.
“Whether it’s a hunting rifle, an AR15, or a pellet or BB pistol that your kids use to shoot a high-speed projectile at a target, there is a possibility that it could result in personal injury,” said Ellison.
When shooting through a half-gallon milk jug and a cardboard box, the airsoft pellets immediately ricocheted off.
The BBs of the BB guns penetrated the first side of the object but did not go through the rear.
But the shotgun fired with the most powerful of Ellison’s three firearms and made its way through both the front and back of the pitcher and box.
“You talk about the possibility of processing cardboard. They know we can definitely see where it might go in the skin. It probably won’t go through bones. It won’t get the level of a 9mm or a certified handgun or even a 22 caliber gun, but it can cause bodily harm any moment you create a trauma cavity, ”Ellison said.
Ellison says many families are using these types of guns as a teaching aid for their children to someday learn how to shoot larger firearms.
He says while this garden activity can be fun and a great learning experience for children and adults, safety must come first.
There are different types of each type of recreational firearm, and the tests News40 has conducted may look slightly different for other firearms of a similar type.