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Safety Tips for Parents

In light of recent tragic events across the country, the Napa Police Department would like to remind parents of a few safety tips as it relates to replica firearms. When we reference the term Replica Firearm, we are talking about any device or object made of plastic, wood, metal or any other material which is a facsimile or toy version of, or is otherwise recognizable as a pistol, revolver, shotgun, sawed-off shotgun, rifle, machine gun, rocket launcher, or any other firearm and includes air rifles, pellet guns or BB guns. The term, "Imitation firearm", as defined by the California Penal Code, means any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm. Things to consider: Have you taught your child to never point any toy gun at people, cars, airplanes? Have you explained to your child what to do if they find something that looks like a gun? Dont touch it! Immediately notify a parent or responsible adult. Have you told your child not to play with toy guns out in public, to avoid a chance of misidentification by a member of the public or a law enforcement officer? Have you checked that your childs replica firearms still have the manufacturers brightly colored safety markings? (Ex. Orange tip at end of muzzle) Are you aware it is unlawful for a minor to possess a handgun unless one of the following circumstances exist: The minor is accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian and the minor is actively engaged in a lawful recreational sporting, ranching or hunting activity, or a motion picture, television or other entertainment event; The minor is accompanied by a responsible adult and has prior written consent of his or her parent or legal guardian and is involved in one of the activities cited above; The minor is at least 16 years of age, has prior written consent of his or her parent or legal guardian, and the minor is involved in one of the activities cited above (Pen Code, 29610, 29615 ) Did you know about Napa Municipal Code 9.20.010 discharging firearms? Every person who, except in a regularly licensed shooting gallery, shall discharge any pistol, firearm, air gun, musket, slingshot or instrument of any kind, character or description, which throws a bullet, shot or missile for any distance, by means of the elastic force of gases or any explosive substance, is guilty of a misdemeanor within the city limits.

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