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State Lawmaker Says Toy Guns Look Too Real

A BB gun/pistol with a realistic look. This one is tagged with an orange tip to indicate it's not a real gun.
Bryce Mullet
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One state lawmaker says toy guns look too much like real guns. Democratic House Representative Alicia Reece is introducing a bill that she says would make BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio more easily distinguishable.

“It would look at color strip, would look at changing the color and at some point would look at changing the look of a gun," she said.

Reece notes a 12-year-old boy was killed by police officers in Cleveland over the weeknd after he reached for what turned out to be a BB-gun. And earlier this year, police officers shot and killed 22-year-old John Crawford III at the WalMart in Beavercreek following reports he was carrying a gun. It was later discovered he was actually holding an air rifle for sale at the store.


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