Days after a teen with a fake gun was shot and killed by Ohio police, Baltimore city council member Jim Kraft proposed a citywide ban on replica firearms.
New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. all have imposed similar restrictions on replica firearms.
Kraft says he wants to save children’s lives.
Kraft says his bill would not ban all toy guns—only those that resemble real guns. The bill would ban people from “owning, carrying or possessing any toy, imitation, facsimile or replica pistol, revolver, shotgun, air rifle, BB gun, pellet gun, machine gun or other simulated weapon, which because of its color, size, shape, or other characteristics, can reasonably be perceived to be a real firearm.”
The proposal already has the tentative support of the Mayor and the Police Commissioner. The Mayor, however, would like to see changes that hold toy gun makers and sellers liable for incidents that occur in which the toy is involved.
The bill could get final approval in December.
Do toy guns pose a legitimate threat? Would you support such a ban or is this simply a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that could be addressed better through education and training?