Police confiscated a toy gun from a 60-year-old Suffolk Park man after he pointed it at a Jehovah’s Witness who knocked on his door on Saturday.
According to Tweed/Byron police, a group of Jehovahs was knocking on doors in Suffolk Park about 10.30am, wanting to share their beliefs.
When the 60-year-old opened his door he pointed a toy rifle at the Jehovah and asked whether he had read the sign out the front which said no sales persons.
The victim immediately retreated and later attended a police station to report the incident.
Police attended and the 60-year-old, who was intoxicated, told police that he had used the toy rifle to scare the victim away.
Fortunately for the man, the victim did not want formal police action taken and therefore police just seized the toy rifle and issued a warning.
Following the incident, police issued a warning that using toy firearms to threaten or point at persons was a criminal offence of assault and formal police action could and would normally be initiated.
This is due to the fact that victims often do not notice or realise that the firearm is a toy and believe that the weapon is real.