Wilmington council cracks down on fake guns – The News Journal


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Wilmington City Councilman Vash Turner sponsored the ordinance making it illegal to sell fake guns to youth, and unlawful for minors to possess imitation firearms without guardian supervision.(Photo: Jerry Habraken, The News Journal)Buy Photo

Wilmington City Council unanimously approved a new law on Thursday that restricts the sale and use of imitation firearms, particularly for youth. 

The ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Vash Turner, makes it illegal to sell fake guns to juveniles and unlawful for minors to possess imitation firearms without guardian supervision.

It also prohibits removing the orange plug that indicates a firearm is a fake and obscuring “any other colors or markings required by any city, state or federal law.” 

The legislation was inspired by a 2016 shooting in which a Wilmington officer shot a 17-year-old boy in the right knee after the teen pointed a replica handgun at an officer, Turner said. 

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“Thankfully that young man survived, but we have to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Turner said. 

According to an attorney general report on that police-involved shooting, the teen was carrying a black, semi-automatic airsoft BB gun. 

“The barrel of the gun had cut or saw marks apparently from where the orange safety cap was removed,” according to the report, which was issued in March 2017. 

The department of justice concluded that the state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the police officer involved committed a crime. The use of deadly force is “justifiable” when officers believe it is necessary for the purpose of

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