Airsoft, BB and pellet guns

All are classified as dangerous weapons

With the spring weather, the number of calls to our Police Department regarding Airsoft guns, BB guns and pellet guns inevitably increases.

Airsoft guns, BB guns and pellet guns all fit into the definition of "dangerous weapons" set forth in the Bloomington City Code. This class of weapon includes rifles, pistols, and shotguns that use compressed gas or spring-driven pistons to propel plastic or steel pellets.

The Code's definition of dangerous weapons includes "all instruments used to expel, by means of compressed air, springs, or elastic materials, a hard, solid missile or projectile, bullet or pellet of any kind, but not limited to B-B guns and air rifles." – Section 12.35(3).

The Code prohibits "the discharge or use of a dangerous weapon anywhere within the corporate limits of the City." – Section 12.36(d).

It also prohibits "the possession, use or control of a dangerous weapon by a minor under the age of 16 years except in the context of an organized target shooting program with adult supervision or in a firearms safety program under the direction of the Commissioner of Natural Resources." – Section 12.36(k).

To see the City's full definition of dangerous weapons and the restrictions on their use in Bloomington, see Chapter 12, Division H of the City Code.