Columbus bans lookalike guns after incidents

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ind. The Columbus City Council has passed a law prohibiting anyone under age 18 from carrying realistic-looking pellet guns in the south central Indiana community.

The council's unanimous action Tuesday night follows a string of calls to Columbus police of persons in public with guns that turned out to be toys.

WTHR-TV reports Columbus police pushed for the law. Police Chief Jason Maddix says the lookalike guns put police officers in a bad position when they have just seconds to decide whether to shoot when faced with someone carrying one. Maddix says there have been cases when Columbus police deployed tactical units for threats that turned out to be toys.

Police say a Columbus school went on lockdown last year after a boy brought a lookalike gun to school.

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