Can anybody ID the AR-15 replica in the picture below. I got one for Christmas one year in the 80's, just want to see if anybody else knows what it is
Lawmaker Sponsors Legislation Banning Fake Gun Sale
TALLAHASSEE, FL(AP) -- A South Florida lawmaker is sponsoring a legislation that would ban the sale of fake guns in the state. Senator Frederica Wilson says too many children playing with toy guns are getting shot by police in Florida and across the nation. So she's sponsoring legislation that would ban the sale of toy guns that look real.
Her plan also makes it a felony to use a toy gun while committing a crime. Wilson says she's trying to craft her legislation to align with federal laws that require toy guns to be colored or have an orange marking on the muzzle.
She adds that the legislation comes after the death of a boy in North Miami Beach, who was shot by police as he held a toy gun.
Ban sought on fake guns
'This represents a real concern for us in the police department,' officer says
Feb 14, 2006
WHITBY -- They may be "toys," but they pose a real danger to police and the kids using them.
Police are encountering replica firearms on the streets of Durham Region far too often these days, and in some cases, are responding to radio calls thinking a real gun is being used.
"When we arrive on scene and we're faced with weapons like this, we could be dealing with very serious consequences that these boys don't recognize," Durham Regional Police Constable Todd Petzold said. "These weapons present a very serious threat to police officers on the streets."
Const. Petzold was at Whitby council Monday asking Town staff to create a bylaw banning the possession and use of replica firearms in public among those under 18 years of age. The townships of Scugog and Uxbridge recently implemented similar bylaws, and Const. Petzold is taking his message to other municipalities in Durham Region asking them to do the same.
There is a bylaw that currently regulates the sale and possession of imitation firearms to people under the age of 18, but no bylaw regulating the possession of replica firearms. The new bylaw would not extend to private property.
When an officer responds to a call involving imitation firearms, oftentimes the call that comes into the police station is "there's two guys outside shooting each other," Const. Petzold said. When police arrive on scene, it can be dark and late at night -- conditions that make it hard for police to tell the difference between the real guns and the fake ones. Some of these "toys" are even equipped with laser sights, he added.
"We don't know what we're dealing with," Const. Petzold said. "When we arrive, we're carrying real guns... (and) we have our policies that we are to respond with. They could be facing deadly force when we arrive."
Aside from telling local municipalities about the threat posed by replica firearms, Const. Petzold is also talking to students about the hazards as well. As a high school liaison officer for north Durham, he visits schools informing students that fake guns can be mistaken for real ones.
"Essentially, what we're doing is trying to protect the young people," he said. "The kids are recognizing the danger and they are turning them into the police now. This represents a real concern for us in the police department. What we're asking is that we not see them in the streets, on our playgrounds, in our schools or our stores."
At Monday's council meeting, a wide variety of replica firearms confiscated from youth in Durham were on display. In some instances, charges were laid against youth for using them, Const. Petzold said.
"Until I got real close, I thought they were real," Councillor Gerry Emm said.
Council is expected to implement a bylaw banning the possession of replica firearms in public by youth at its next meeting of council on Feb. 27.
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