Wilmington councilman proposes ban on fake guns for kids – The News Journal


Baltimore’s police commissioner says a 13-year-old boy who was shot twice by a detective, first ran from police, then turned toward them as he held a replica gun. The boy was hospitalized, but is expected to recover. (April 29) AP

Laurel police issued this photo to show the comparison between a Colt .45 semi-automatic handgun and an altered BB gun.(Photo: LAUREL POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Youth in Wilmington will be prohibited from using fake guns if a new law is passed. 

An ordinance, introduced Thursday, would make it illegal to sell fake guns to minors and would make it unlawful for minors to possess fake guns without the supervision of a guardian. The law would also make it illegal to remove or obscure characteristics of fake guns that show they are imitations, including the orange plug. 

“The close resemblance of many imitation firearms to real firearms creates confusion and alarm in law enforcement officers and the general public when such imitation firearms are displayed or brandished in public,” the ordinance states. 

Violators would be assigned community service, the ordinance states. 

RELATED: Police: Boy, 10, in Laurel altered BB gun to resemble Colt .45 handgun

The issue of fake guns gained national attention in 2014 with the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. The boy was shot by police after neighbors reported seeing him playing with what appeared to be a gun. The firearm was later determined to be fake, and the orange safety indicator was missing. 

Since then, several local governments have taken steps to prevent a similar tragedy. 

Atlantic City passed an ordinance in 2014 to ban the sale of toy guns. In 2015, Boston passed a ban on realistic toy

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