Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Boston bans toy guns from city streets: 'These very much can injure your young child'

"These aren't toys..." Really? Aren't they??

Boston's mayor Marty Walsh gave his signature OK to an ordinance that allows police to confiscate fake guns that appear real from kids and adults alike who carry them on city streets.

Walsh signed the ordinance into law at a public ceremony alongside local clergy members and Police Commissioner Williams Evans, NBC News reported.

Those whose toys are confiscated by the cops can pick them up at the police station. But police will also contact the parents or caretakers of those under age 18 to alert them of their child's infraction.

"These aren't toys," said Evans, NBC News reported. "These very much can injure your young child."

The ordinance comes on the heels of the deadly police shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, who was holding a toy gun at the time of incident.

The ban doesn't carry any fines or other penalties for violators.

"We can't charge people for carrying toy guns around the city of Boston," Walsh said, the news outlet reported. "But we can continue to talk to manufacturers. Why produce a gun that is an exact replica of a handgun?"

The city has already contacted 150 or so toy guns this year, even before the regulation took effect.

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