Northern Ireland

Dozens of air soft guns seized in north Down

Police in north Down have seized dozens of air-soft pellet guns from premises in the area.

The weapons - which are used in "soft gaming" - are suspected of being too powerful for sale to the public.

Their importation and sale in Northern Ireland are legislated under the Violent Crime Reduction Act.

Superintendent Ian McCoy also said that there was a public safety issue because the guns look very realistic.

"These items look like real guns," he said.

"Anyone who owns one legally must bear in mind that it should never be taken to a public place."

He added: "The weapons that our officers seized are suspected of being too powerful for sale to the public and they have been taken for a full examination by forensic experts.

"Anyone who wishes to sell items like these must first seek the proper authorisation and study the legislation carefully or they could put themselves at risk of breaking the law."