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#1 Old 12-06-2006, 06:31 PM
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I am not sure where i should post this,but i have a few questions about paintball guns.



my soon to be 13yr old nephew is saving his money to buy a paintball gun.



does anyone know if a 13yr old is allowed to buy one?



is there any legal place that he can shoot the paintballs other than those organized "war game" places?



is he allowed to play with it outside in public without the paint balls?



i am trying to convince his mother not to let him buy one and need to know a little bit more.



besides the law,the dangers of a not very mature kid owning one,he plans to spend $700 on the gun.



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It depends on where you live. Your profile says Montreal, which I know nothing about in this regard. Call your local municipality's office. If you live out in the country in a rural municipality, they're less likely to have regulations on paintball shooting. Cities tend to have them because of the likelihood of striking a person when someone shoots it off.



I have friends in Ohio who are in tournaments and all that. They have targets and such set up in their backyards, which are out in the country.



Beyond all that, if you don't think he can handle it safely considering his maturity level, then don't let him get a paintball gun. You're the parent here.

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he lives on Toronto,Canada.



I dont have much of a say wether he buys it or not.i am his uncle.if i was his parent,he woundnt be buying one until he was 18.



i want to convince his mother (my sister) not to allow him to buy it.
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Ah, sorry, I missed that part. In that case, you could call the office of the officials that govern his region. If it's inside the city of Toronto, chances are good there's a law or two on the book prohibiting the firing of paintball guns in town.



Have you ever seen him handle any kind of weapon before? What leads you to believe this might not be a good toy for him to have?

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He'll shoot his eye out!
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Personally I wouldn't give a 13 year old a paintball gun. I just don't think most kids are mature enough at his age to use it reponsibly. Besides, paintballs are made of gelatin
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Oh dear. $700. What a waste of money.
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I like paintballing it's great fun, but for obvious reasons, it's probably not an entirely appropriate pressie for a 13 y.old.



I can't really comment about the laws, because Im not familiar with them outside my own country.
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Well beyond having one or not $700? I assume this kid isnt exactly a serious pro paintballer and since he isnt you can easily get a quality paintball gun (they are called "markers") for $100.
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Well beyond having one or not $700? I assume this kid isnt exactly a serious pro paintballer and since he isnt you can easily get a quality paintball gun (they are called "markers") for $100.



Good point. I didn't bat an eye at the price because I'm always hearing my semi-pro paintball friends talk about the cash they shell out for their markers. Even if this 13-year-old kid goes serious with this later, there's nothing wrong with starting him off with the $100 marker vs. the $700 cadillac.

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$700 is insane !!
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Get him an airsoft and he can shoot targets in the back yard. plus, no mess!

They even have semi and fully automatic airsofts... afaik they only go as high as 300fps, so its not as dangerous as a bb rifle.
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Speaking of paintball, btw. I bought two markers at walmart for $9 each (on clearance) and sold them on ebay for $80/ea. But yeah, they have them as cheap as $70~.... dont really need the $700 one unless your in some sort of professional tourny or something.
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Speaking of paintball, btw. I bought two markers at walmart for $9 each (on clearance) and sold them on ebay for $80/ea. But yeah, they have them as cheap as $70~.... dont really need the $700 one unless your in some sort of professional tourny or something.





Nice profit.
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I'm a 16-year old, and personally, I don't believe paintballs or their guns are necessary. I don't even know anything about them. However, they promote violence (shooting), as stated earlier, the paintballs are made of gelatin (which promotes animal cruelty), and the idea of such young kids trying to "mature" so quickly and at younger ages is ridiculous (nowadays, even preteens are getting purses and cellphones and acting like older kids and experiencing puberty earlier, causing them to be called "tweens"). Overall, if it was me, I would forbid it, until my child was out of my household (though I sure don't plan on having kids).
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He'll shoot his eye out!





All I could think when I read the OP was "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
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I dont think it's a good idea to let him get a paintball gun. I dont know about the laws, but I have a few friends who were/are really into paintballing and it can be a real pain for the parents, for one if he's going to be playing with other kids (as opposed to just going around shooting stuff) I've heard of some kids who freeze their paintballs, or get continuous shooting guns. So he could get really hurt. Also, I don't know if money is an issue or not, but i do know it's INCREDIBLY costly, so that may be an issue. I think you should wait until he's older, if he really wants it he can buy it himself. =P
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Granted, I don't have kids.



BUT, IF I did... they wouldn't get a squirt gun from me.



That's how much I detest guns.



That's also why I shouldn't have kids...

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