Private schools urged ban on toy guns

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The All Pakistan Private School Federation (APPSF) has called on the government to ban the sale of toy guns to children.

All Pakistan Private School Federation (APPSF) President Kashif Mirza has requested that the government entirely ban artificial guns from being sold in the country and that strong action be taken against those who do sell them.

Mirza asserted that youngsters are being encouraged to engage in criminal activity through the use of toy firearms. According to him, psychological repercussions are being observed in children who used to engage in pretend combat using manufactured weapons.

The increasing tendency of youngsters to play with toy guns, according to the president of the APPSF, is contributing to an increase in the rate of violent crime. Kashif Mirza has called on higher authorities to quickly implement a ban on artificial weapons as well as legislation to remove them.

Earlier in 2017, a ban on toy guns was enforced at the request of the then Karachi commissioner, who wrote to the Sindh home department requesting that the ban be implemented because toy guns were being utilized by street criminals and were having a negative influence on children’s mental health.

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Due to the ban, the Karachi Police Department launched an extensive campaign against the sale of toy guns in the city. As a result, the department seized hundreds of thousands of artificial weapons and arrested dozens of store owners and traders of replica weapons.

It was also in 2015 that the Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the manufacture and sale of artificial weapons.

Originally published at lahoreherald.com

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