|Indiana town bans lookalike guns after incidents|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Thursday, 04 July 2013 07:17|
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — The Columbus City Council has banned minors from carrying realistic-looking pellet guns following a string of reports to police of people carrying guns in public that turned out to be toyes.
The council's unanimous action Tuesday night came at the behest of police, WTHR-TV reported (http://bit.ly/11h9dYn ).
Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddox said officers have only seconds to decide whether to shoot when faced with someone armed with what looks like a real gun.
"It puts them in a bad position when they're faced with one of these toys that looks real. It's just a bad deal. It's a dangerous situation," Maddox said.
"There's been sometimes where we've had to make some tactical-type deployments when it turned out just to be a toy," Maddox said.
Police say a Columbus school went on lockdown last year after a boy brought a lookalike gun to school.
Police Lt. Matt Myers has said the toy guns sometimes have orange tips, but they can be filed off to make the toys appear real.
The law took effect immediately. Violations can result in $150 fines.
Information from: WTHR-TV, http://www.wthr.com/
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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