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The Columbus City Council has passed an ordinance banning children from carrying BB guns in public.
Tuesday’s vote was unanimous WTHR reports.
“Police and city leaders say this has become a real safety issue, saying BB guns and air rifles look too much like real guns these days. These types of guns and rifles have caused people to call police, concerned that a weapon was being waved around near parks, schools and at passing cars around Columbus.”
The ordinance pointed out that the city’s existing laws did not regulate “modern weapons such as pellet guns, BB guns, air-soft guns, paintball guns, etc.” Anyone violating the law will be fined $150 for the first offense and at least $350 for a second offense.
As reported, Columbus Police Department officials say air-soft guns made to look like handguns, painted black and composed of metal parts are becoming more popular.
“We’re responding to numerous calls of these,” Police Chief Jason Maddix said after showing city council members a variety of look-a-like toy guns. “It’s just a tragedy waiting to happen and we’d like to prevent that tragedy before it occurs.”
Earlier in the day Tuesday, Columbus Police Department spokesman Matt Myers said the most recent version of the ordinance reflects the wishes police officials originally expressed to the city council in May.