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Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:18 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Airsoft enthusiasts are getting their day before the Oro Valley Town Council.

In March, the governing board unanimously passed an ordinance amending town code to make it a violation of local law to fire Airsoft or any other pneumatic projectile unless on private property. Airsoft firearms are toy guns that fire cylindrical plastic projectiles.

The move upset some local Airsoft enthusiasts, who attended a May council meeting requesting the town reconsider the move.

Last Wednesday, the council unanimously agreed to examine the ordinance, and some council members later attended an Airsoft demonstration.

"I see nothing wrong with this activity," Councilwoman Mary Snider said. "It's actually a healthy activity."

Councilman Bill Garner was cautious about the proposed change, saying it could impact the use of other more dangerous weapons like pellet or B.B. guns.

"It appears to me we're weakening our ordinance," Garner said.

Town Attorney Tobin Rosen said the revised code changes allow for prosecution of individuals under other civil statutes if necessary.

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