DALLAS — A paintball weapon has been banned in the state of Texas, and will only be used for recreational purposes, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Monday.
State Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Melissa Osterberg said the paintball is not a firearm and will not be permitted to be carried in parks or on the public land.
“The Department of Public Safety will be issuing a new permit for the use of this gun for recreational use only,” she said.
The agency is issuing the permit after a report of paintball guns being used in a park.
“The department received reports of paintballs being used by a group of individuals at a park on August 13,” Osterberger said.
“These paintballs were used as a means to create a nuisance and were observed by a police officer and park rangers.”
The department is conducting a thorough investigation to determine if the guns are illegal.
“We are working with local law enforcement agencies, park ranger and the state park district to determine what steps we need to take to take a swift action against the offenders,” Ostersberger said in a statement.
The department will issue a new gun permit for recreational shooting to those who show proof of a valid Texas shooting license and the appropriate training.
The Texas Parks Department does not have a permit for use of paint guns in parks, but the department said it will be reviewing whether to issue permits to other states.