Fake guns may get banned in Philly
Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recently introduced a legislation that would ban the sale or use of fake guns, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Two weeks ago, Johnson, also introduced a bill that would increase the punishment for selling or using BB guns, which are illegal in Philadelphia. This BB gun bill was introduced as a response to a community rally over the sales of BB guns in corner stores in the Point Breeze section of Southwest Philadelphia.
Both pieces of legislation will have public hearings held by the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.
If the latest bill is approved, all realistic-looking toy guns would be banned. The exceptions include toy guns that are transparent, white or brightly colored.
Last year, three young boys were charged for pointing a BB gun at people on a street in North Philadelphia. People thought it was a real weapon, especially since BB guns are not federally required to have orange tipped barrels like other toy guns. In August, a man was killed by police in a Walmart in Ohio because they thought the toy gun he was carrying was real.