For years, children and adults alike have enjoyed the challenge and fun associated with BB gun use. Unfortunately for many children, a BB gun is the weapon – yes weapon – that causes significant injuries including but not limited to eye injuries. It has been reported that the pumping of a BB gun can lead to the velocity of the BB pellet similar to a .22 gauge handgun. As such, the velocity and force of a BB gun pellet shot can go through the eye and cause a serious eye injury in the form of a retinal detachment. There is an old saying, “Be careful or you will lose an eye.” There is even a famous movie that centers around a child’s wish just to have that special BB gun delivered. A Christmas Story is a great comedy and sure enough the child suffers a minor injury from the BB gun. However, when a child suffers a serious injury as a result of the use or misuse of a BB gun, this is no laughing matter. For some of these children, vision is affected for life.
By David Wolf, Attorney