YOUNGSTERS have been warned: Don't get a gun for Christmas.
Police have confirmed a big crackdown on West Yorkshire's streets on weapons - including air pistols and ball-bearing guns.
And a police chief said: Guns aren't toys and anyone found carrying them in a public place will face tough action.
That's the stern warning this Christmas from the force who are concerned about the dangers that air weapons and ball bearing guns pose to young people.
They are also worried about the impact that responding to such incidents has on police resources.
Supt Chris Hardern, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "These types of weapons aren't toys, they can cause serious injuries.
"We would urge parents to think carefully before purchasing them for their children this Christmas.
"Your child commits an offence the moment they step out of your house and on to the street with the air weapon or ball bearing gun.
"If there is somewhere on private land where they have permission to use the weapons then that is legal, if not, don't buy them one.
"Most of the calls we get are about someone in the street or in a park with a gun.
"When armed officers attend such incidents, the weapon will be treated as genuine unless they know that it's not real.
"A threatening move by the suspect could potentially have far reaching consequences in terms of the impact on individuals, families, police officers and the community.
"Carrying an airgun or a ball bearing gun in a public place is illegal. We will arrest people in possession of these type of weapons and prosecute where appropriate.
"Even a caution counts as a conviction for an offence involving firearms which will be with them for years to come."
A full armed response was mounted after passers by reported a man carrying a handgun in Batley. A youth was arrested and police seized a ball bearing gun from him.
Armed officers were also called following reports that a group of youths were shooting indiscriminately on the platform of a Leeds railway station. Three juveniles were arrested in possession of a pistol-type ball bearing gun.
Schools liaison officers will deliver a special awareness campaign to schoolchildren about the danger of carrying weapons.