“Well, we have encountered Nerf War participants wearing masks and hiding in parking lots, bushes, etc., to ambush their targets.”
While such activity may be, police must ensure that participants understand this kind of suspicious activity “freaks people out.”
“Nothing like walking out to your car at night and see several people dressed in dark clothing with masks on sitting in a car on your street,” police said. “In this day and age, can you blame people for being suspicious over this?
“We have had kids hide in peoples truck beds waiting for them to come out or had them sneak into peoples garages and do the same. Huge mistakes.”
Middletown Division of Police advises parents to take this into consideration when talking to their children about the game and explain the consequences, as well.
“Ohio has open carry, CCW, etc.,” police said. “The participants need to understand not everyone is playing their game or knows about their game. Make sure your Nerf guns are bright and colorful. Kids have been painting them dark colors or concealing them in backpacks. Again, not everyone is playing this game. Be smart, be respectable and don’t trespass where you are not allowed to be.”