A Baltimore police detective shot and wounded 14-year-oldDedric Colvin earlier this year during a foot chase. Police say they gave chase and ultimately fired shots after seeing Colvin carrying a weapon that appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol. After the shooting, however, officers discovered the weapon was actually a BB pistol modeled after a popular type of semi-automatic handgun. Authorities ruled the shooting was justified and no charges were filed against the officer.
If the aftermath of the incident, the Baltimore City Council decided that it wanted to do more to prevent another similar incident from happening.
How do they plan to achieve their goal?
By passing a citywide ban on the possession of toy or replica guns that appear similar to real handguns and rifles.