Friday, March 02, 2007

St. Paul Bans Replica Guns

The City Council approved a ban on the public display of real-looking replica guns. Council member Lee Helgen proposed the ban because of a recent increase in juveniles carrying airsoft guns. A public hearing was held on the ordinance last week, but nobody testified against it. Breaking the ban is a misdemeanor.A representative of the gun industry said it was "common sense" not to display fake guns that look real. The guns must now be painted a bright color to make it easier for police and others to identify them.