VicPD is issuing a public warning not to carry or produce replica guns in public after four separate firearm calls were reported in just one day earlier this week.
On Saturday, the first of the four calls came in just after 2 p.m. when police received reports of a woman brandishing a handgun downtown. Officers were quickly dispatched to the 900-block of Pandora Avenue where a woman was spotted holding a firearm.
The officers then approached the woman and discovered that the item was in fact an airsoft pistol. The woman was then arrested.
Later that day, at 6:20 p.m., police were called to the area of Tyee Road and Bay Street following a report of a man pointing a firearm at a business. Once officers arrived, however, they were unable to locate the suspect.
Then, just ten minutes later, VicPd was called to the 200-block of Simcoe Street with reports of two men holding a handgun.
Police say that the person making the report told officers that they had “knowledge of guns” and advised that the firearm appeared to be real. According to a separate witness, the individuals also pointed the gun at a bystander.
Once officers arrived, they found two youth carrying the reported item. Police say that it became apparent to the officers that the gun was in fact a toy, and the youth were cautioned about the seriousness of their actions.
Public warning: Replica firearms look real. Can you tell the difference? Our @vicpdcanada officers had to make a split second decision on 4 occasions. Please do not carry replica guns in public. The link shows a replica next to a real firearm. https://t.co/L4aRIxO61F pic.twitter.com/l96704KQqr
— Del Manak (@ChiefManak) March 26, 2019
Again, just 10 minutes after the last handgun sighting, officers were called to another firearms related case. At roughly 6:40 p.m., Victoria Fire contacted VicPD after they discovered a firearm while responding to a medical call.
Police examined the firearm and determined that it was a replica and seized the item.
The warning not to carry or produce replica guns in public also comes after two replica handguns were seized at the beginning of this month.
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) March 4, 2019