‘Ready, aim, smile!’

Police have been accused of glamorising weapons after children as young as seven were pictured brandishing plastic machine guns to take aim at ‘ terrorist targets’ at a mock firing range.

West Midlands Police invited a class of pupils from Kings Norton Primary School, in Birmingham, to visit a firearms training facility for an event entitled ‘Ready, aim, smile!’

But parents were horrified after pictures emerged of the young year three pupils laughing as they ‘fired’ the guns at fake targets and tried on police riot gear.

Parents have accused police of “sending out the wrong message” by encouraging young children to use weapons and making shooting terrorists appear like a “game.”

‘Ready, aim, smile!’ Police accused of glamorising guns after primary school pupils given plastic firearms to shoot ‘terrorist’ targets at firing range