Most people above a certain age associate pneumatic guns with the Daisy BB guns of our youth, guns that had little power and a range of perhaps 50 feet. The current generation of pneumatic guns makes the Daisy BB gun look like a pop gun.
According to Chief Mark Sisson of the Christiansburg Police Department, the new pneumatic guns “are capable of carrying a projectile much farther and much faster and are now designed to look like real guns, putting the town’s police officers in harm’s way.”
They would also put town residents at risk. Many of the higher-powered pneumatic guns sound similar to regular gunshots, which means neighbors may not be able to distinguish one from the other.
High-powered assault air guns now, apparently. So the old Red Ryder didn’t look like a real gun unless you were up close? Could have fooled me. I should also note there’s a pretty good Second Amendment case to be made that air guns are protected just as much as powder guns.