GR’s push to ban toy guns in public closer to vote

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids City Commission will get its first look Tuesday at a proposed ordinance that would ban toy or pneumatic guns in public places.

They will discuss and vote on the proposed ban Nov. 12.

“Over the past two years, pneumatic guns (like BB guns and airsoft rifles) have contributed to public safety concerns in the City of Grand Rapids,”wrote assistant city attorney Kristen Rewa in a memo to the committee of the whole.

>>PDF:Assistant city attorney’s memo

“Pneumatic guns look like real firearms – so much so, that use of pneumatic guns has resulted in residents calling 911 believe they have observed real firearms. Officers respond to these calls for service as real firearm calls. This has resulted in negative interactions between youth and law enforcement.” 

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