Reciently I went to buy my boy a capgun. Hes almost 5 and perfect age for it. Hes been taught good gun safety and absolutely will not touch a real gun without permission (I occasionally let him help me move one that I've cleaned or something and man does he get the biggest grin knowing hes being trusted... and he tries soooo hard to be careful its almost funny).
Anywho I stop off at Toys-R-Us and after 5 min of searching and not finding anything I ask a clerk where the capguns are. He says "oh we dont carry those anymore, would you like to buy a sword instead?" Wha...? Sword? Thats safer than a capgun? Disgusted I walked out.
A couple days later we stopped off at the local ranch & supply store, one that has a pretty good selection of real guns and back in the toys area, sure enough we found a couple terrific capguns (I wish I had some as good back when I was a kid!) and bought it. He ended up getting a pump action "rifle" that shoots those very loud plastic caps. Hes happy as a clam and loves to show off "shooting" at our archery target, cans and whatnot. I always make sure he is mindful of gun safety and it seems to work.
Delboy I'm sad your country is in the condition its in... If I ever win the powerball lottery I'll pay to relocate you to the states and buy you a few boxes of ammo