Toy guns returned

Toy shotguns that had been confiscated from The Present Finder in Sherborne have now been allowed back on sale after being reclassified as for sale to over-18s only.

Toy calculators shaped like guns were also seized, but these were returned immediately.

The toy guns had been undergoing testing by a Home Office laboratory, where a scientist deemed that it was an imitation firearm under section 57 of the Firearms Act 1968, which defines one as, “anything which has the appearance of being a firearm, whether or not it is capable of discharging any shot, bullet, or other missile.”

Mark Ashley-Miller, managing director of The Present Finder, has said he will continue to sell the product. He said: “I think common sense has prevailed and I think the age restriction is very sensible.”

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