Play soldiers on your own battlefield

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am

Those war-gaming louts who have invaded our tranquil country parks have clearly gone out of control. These weekend warriors presumably know no other way to work off their aggression and weekday frustration than to don camouflage uniforms, paint their faces with imitation mud and carry menacing fake firearms.

Their invasion is so pervasive that even some lawyers think it's perfectly legal to scare the living daylights out of hikers and children, not to mention the physical threat they pose when they fire paint pellets from powerful air guns.

This week on TVB Jade's Justice for All, a programme that offers free advice on the law, a legal adviser ventured to say that war gaming in country parks was well within the law.

Umm, it's not. There is this minor detail called Regulation 6, Country Parks and Special Areas Regulations Chapter 208. Its prohibition of firearms, air guns and any propelling device in such places is clear, and signs (pictured) are posted in many country and marine parks across the city.

To the credit of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, officials immediately fired off a public announcement explaining the legal regulation.

The message is clear: you want to shoot each other up, get yourselves a private ranch.

But please, leave the rest of us alone.