Air gun injuries in children: a continuing cause for concern

J R Coll Surg Edinb. 1997 Oct;42(5):353-4.


Air guns are commonly used for sporting entertainment. The inappropriate use of these weapons often leads to injury. In general, trauma inflicted by air weapons is trivial. However, the potential for more serious and fatal injuries is significant. We report two cases of serious air gun injury in children and a review of the relevant legislation covering the use of air weapons in the UK. Enhanced public education and awareness as well as coordinated policies by organizations involved in the care of children is desirable to prevent future calamities involving air weapons.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Firearms / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • United Kingdom
  • Wounds, Gunshot* / etiology
  • Wounds, Gunshot* / pathology