The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval Monday to a citywide ban on toy guns that look like working handguns and rifles.
Council members introduced the legislation after a 14-year-old East Baltimore boy holding a BB gun was shot by a city police detective in April.
City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said replica guns are contributing to violence on Baltimore’s streets. He said people are using the fake weapons in robberies, and children who carry them are put in harm’s way.
There have been more than 800 shootings this year in Baltimore, which is on pace to pass 300 homicides for a second consecutive year.
“It’s something that we should do for the safety of our children,” Young said. “We’re getting stores robbed with replicas. We’ve got people running around with these things and they almost look real. … I don’t think we should be allowing replica guns in the city of Baltimore, especially with the murder rate we have.”
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