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Postby ACE-IS-COOL » Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:40 pm

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ORTING, Washington (AP) -- A few years ago, officials of this small town successfully outlawed Silly String and stink bombs. Now there's a new threat to public order -- the spud gun.

The City Council is considering banning the toys that shoot small chunks of potato after pistol-packin' revelers left a mess at the city's Daffodil Parade earlier this month. The streets were littered with spent spuds and two residents were tatered.

"It seems like a drastic measure, but it seems like a safety thing we have to consider," said Mayor Dale Jones, who has received several complaints about the guns.

Residents of this close-knit community southeast of Tacoma and in the shadow of Mount Rainier, say that potato guns have become a hot topic.

"I don't see how it would hurt anyone -- maybe if they got in someone's eye," said Venus Walch, who works at an espresso stand. During the parade, "tons of kids" had the toys, including her 9-year-old son Jason.

There are two types of potato guns. Those used during the parade were small, plastic toys that force potato pieces out of the gun with air pressure. The other type is a device with a tube such as a plastic water pipe, a combustion chamber and an igniter. Potatoes and other objects can be launched several hundred feet from the tube when a propellant such as hairspray is ignited in the chamber.

The latter version was responsible for blinding a Texas teen earlier this month. He was looking down the barrel of a potato gun that was loaded with a frog when it went off, shooting the animal into his face.

Certain cities ban the devices, but there is no federal law regulating the toys since compressed air guns are not firearms, according to federal authorities.

The National Rifle Association doesn't consider spud guns to be firearms, and has no position on the toys. Antigun advocates also aren't sure what to think.

"We have our hands full with dangerous guns that fire bullets," said Peter Hamm, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "I don't think it is likely to be in our top tier of issues here any time soon."

The Orting City Council is expected to consider banning the guns at a May 8 meeting. They would be added to a list of banned items that includes Silly String and stink bombs.

The council created the list in 1998, after problems at that year's Daffodil Parade. Anyone violating the ordinance faces a $100 fine.

Though police have never cited anyone under the ordinance, they have told vendors they were prohibited from selling the banned items, said Orting's police chief, Ron Emmons.

Still, the spud gun ban is no slam dunk. One Orting councilman is strenuously opposed.

"I'm embarrassed to be part of an organization that would try to legislate this way," said Councilman Paul Jensen.
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I think it's funny that the spud gun is the one responsible for blinding frog kid. As we all know, only guns that fire bullets are dangerous, spudguns are perfectly safe. People are so stupid these days. I treat spud guns like I treat my shotgun or any firearm. They have the potential to kill someone if you screw up, and you, yes you, are responsible for damages, not the gun. They sue firearms manufacturers for someone killed with a firearms during a crime. I guess they'll start sueing PVC manufacturers because some dumbass killed himself with a crude pipe bomb.
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Postby PCGUY » Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:41 pm

Allright leave this post here! Stop posting in general.. makeing me move them... then comming back to the moved ones and editing them to say "delete this".
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Postby plasticex009 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:02 am

How could we get in touch with the city council? The IPLA should start going after those trying to ban spudguns instead of the stupid.
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Postby nebulousmosquito » Sun Sep 19, 2004 9:31 am

LMAO. They want to ban the little pistol ones. You know, where you poke the muzzle into a potato and squeeze the handle and it shoots. What a joke.

I think it might be a little late to talk to anybody on the city council. Frog kid was a lot more than a month ago.
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Postby PCGUY » Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:36 pm

At the Italian fest I was at all this weekend... there were bunches of kids running around with the little toy pistol spudguns. And someone was makeing the exact same marshmallow gun that boogie has and was selling them for $15 each.
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Postby Navigator7 » Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:52 pm

There is some hope.
""" One Orting councilman is strenuously opposed.
"I'm embarrassed to be part of an organization that would try to legislate this way," said Councilman Paul Jensen."""

No [excrement].
Bad behavior is covered. You don't need to ban stuff...simply enforce exixting laws.

To me....Silly String, smoke bombs, water bottles and spuds are littering....How many spudders are conscious of the mess they make and clean up?
I can't say I've found every thing I've shot...but I make a concious effort to leave the place I am shooting cleaner that when I found it...which includes carting off others people's crap.

You have to agree, some spudders invite unwanted attention via unwanted behavoir.
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Postby SMOMW » Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:14 pm

this is so stupid.. the crap people are woried about. i mean hell a paintball gun can do worse dammage than one of these PEA SHOOTERS. I mean it shoots a 2mm long PIECE of a spud... MAYBE sending it across a room.

I find it hilarious that they bring spud cannons into the article when they have NOTHING to do with what they are banning... I mean I bet half the people involved in banning the toys don't even KNOW what a spud cannon is!
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Postby Dextromethorphan » Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:24 pm

My friend bought two of those pistols at a dollar store. They just break after a week...but they're fun. That town seems extremely screwed up. They will probably ban soda since people throw the cans on the ground.
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Postby ACE-IS-COOL » Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:17 pm

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Allright leave this post here! Stop posting in general.. makeing me move them... then comming back to the moved ones and editing them to say "delete this".
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Sheesh, sorry. My internet is slow so by the time it returned me to the general section, you had moved my post, so I thought something had screwed up and I tried again. Then I saw that the post had been moved. I put "delete this" on the second post. I figured the term "Double posted" would ring some bells, but some people...
Sorry, didn't mean to make you :evil:but all your yelling mad me :(
when I get faster internet we'll all be :D
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Postby TaterNater » Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:57 pm

Reading garbage news reports like this actually makes me physically ill. I [excrement] you not I almost didn't read this cuz my stomach started to twist... (Not your post...just the story. Dumb people suck.):evil::evil:
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