Air guns - Toys or weapons?


ASLAN S., UZKESER M., KATIRCI Y., CAKIR Z., Bilir O. , BILGE F., ...More

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY, vol.27, no.3, pp.260-262, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/01.paf.0000220919.45493.af
  • Title of Journal : AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.260-262

Abstract

Air guns and blank guns may appear relatively harmless at first glance, but they are, in fact, potentially destructive, even lethal, weapons. Approximately 2 to 2.5 million nonpowder firearms are sold annually, and again approximately 12.9 per 100,000 population are treated for such injuries in hospital emergency departments each year in the United. States. Unfortunately, these guns are considered to be a toy for children. Therefore, incidents of air gun injuries are gradually increasing. Although such injuries may initially be considered trivial, it may signify severe internal tissue pathologies. These apparently trivial injuries may have catastrophic consequences if unnoticed.