Columbus City Council Bans BB Guns In Public

The ordinance bans children from displaying BB guns in public and from blacking out the orange tips that distinguish toy guns from firearms.

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Photo: Ted Murphy (flickr)

A boy aims a BB gun. Columbus Police Department officials say they often have a hard time distinguishing between real and toy firearms.

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.

Columbus City Council Ordinance Banning BB Guns

 

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.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • brucelanc

    When you hire morons to do a job… morons do the job. But, to be fair, if the story is correct and droves of citizens think a mass shooting is happening every time a 12 year old kid with a bb gun is seen, then it really isn’t a surprise such citizens would want good representation in their city government and people who think and act just like them working on their police force. My advice to this community is to tackle their obvious wide spread drug problem and improve their schools so that fewer drug addled fools and uneducated dimwits exist in their area.

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