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911 call reporting possible semi-automatic rifle turns out to be an air soft gun

Police treated the report seriously and responded in full force.

An airsoft gun that looked like an assault rifle received a major response from police on Friday night.  

At 7:22 p.m., multiple units from the Centennial Lakes and Lino Lakes police departments responded to a report of a group of 4-5 people firing a semi-automatic weapon near a church located at Ash Street and Indian Hills Lane on the border of Lino Lakes and Circle Pines. 

The 911 caller said they weren't sure if the gun was real. 

"It's our job to take it very seriously and respond as if someone is trying to harm our community," Centennial Lakes police said in a Facebook post. 

Thankfully, the group of young adults was just testing out a new airsoft rifle and use of force to diffuse the situation wasn't necessary. 

Centennial Lakes police say that at a distance it's "nearly impossible" to tell if a weapon like that is real or not. It also didn't help that an orange tip on the gun was intentionally removed, giving less reason to believe it wasn't a real gun. 

"These types of weapons are not toys. They can, and will, be easily mistaken for actual firearms," the department said, adding that it's illegal to fire those types of weapons. 

The case remains under investigation. 

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