Incident sparks warning from RCMP regarding replica weapons

Vernon/North Okanagan

2018-08-01 09:59 PDT

File # 2018-17740

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP respond to a report of a male brandishing a weapon, early Tuesday evening.

On July 31st, 2018, shortly before 7:00 pm, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to a report that a male was seen brandishing what appeared to be a handgun in Polson Park. Members responded and located the male in question, who admitted to having an MP5 and M4 Carbine airsoft guns in his possession, however denied brandishing the weapons in any manner.

Our officers, from time to time, are confronted with similar situations and respond accordingly based on the information they are presented with. There are many unknown factors and concerns when approaching a person reportedly having a firearm in their possession says Cst. Kelly Brett. It is incredibly important for people to realize that airsoft weapons can look and feel very real, and pose great risk to those who have them in their possession when not in a controlled environment.

A 23 year old, Vernon male, remained cooperative with police, however was issued a $500 fine under The City of Vernon Firearms and Weapons By-law (number 5399). 

This is an example of a replica MP5 vs. a real MP5.  Can you tell the difference? 

replica vs. real wepons photo 










*answer is A

Released by

Cst. Kelly Brett

Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402-30th Street, Vernon BC V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-761-7191


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