Tuesday, April 17, 2018

USnews.com: Police, Prosecutors Concerned with BB Gun look-alikes

Completely one sided article. It ignores the benefit of criminals using look-alike guns instead of real guns. It talks about the danger to criminals as if that is a bad thing.

Simons was charged with second-degree robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison in mid-March, the maximum charge and sentence for someone using a weapon not classified as "dangerous" to commit a robbery.

Police say they frequently encounter the use of "toy" weapons like BB guns and pellet guns by criminals, especially as the resemblance between them and real firearms grows.

But police say they would support stronger deterrents in the law against using them like real weapons. The worry is twofold: First, that people are using them to commit crimes, and second, that a situation could arise where, in self-defense, a civilian or a police officer would use shoot someone displaying one.

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