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Deputies Show Up After Boy Holds Toy Gun in Online Class

Isaiah Elliott's parents say he moved it from one side of the couch to the other

(Newser) - The gun was "obviously" fake, reports the Washington Post : with a neon green barrel and bright orange tip and bearing the words "Zombie Hunter" along its side (see it here ). But the 12-year-old Colorado boy who played with it during a virtual class is dealing with very...

Hijacker Wannabe Had a Toy Gun: Cops
Wannabe Hijacker's
Gun Wasn't Real

Wannabe Hijacker's Gun Wasn't Real

Mohammad Palash Ahmed was sporting a toy pistol when he was shot dead

(Newser) - A man who tried to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight on Sunday and demanded to speak to the prime minister of Bangladesh was shot dead by commandos after an emergency landing in Chittagong, and it's now being reported that the "weapon" he was seen with was just...

Engineering Student Builds Too-Realistic Rubber Band Gun

Saint Louis University was locked down over the student's class project

(Newser) - An engineering student at Saint Louis University did too well on a class assignment to build a toy gun, creating a model so realistic that it prompted a campus-wide lockdown and hunt for a possible shooting suspect, the AP reports. The private, Catholic university in Missouri warned all students to...

In 2 Years, Cops Killed 86 People Carrying Fake Guns

May be 'virtually impossible' for police to tell real firearms from phony ones at a distance

(Newser) - Tamir Rice was one of the highest-profile examples of a person carrying a fake weapon who was gunned down by cops, but as the Washington Post reports in an exclusive, he was far from the only one. Those statistics, per the Post's internal database of US fatal police shootings,...

Kindergartener Suspended for Packing Bubble Gun

'Could we have a warning?' asks mom

(Newser) - A 5-year-old in Colorado is in hot water for bringing a gun to school. A toy bubble gun. The girl's mother—Emma, no last name given—tells Fox 31 that she didn't know her daughter had stashed the plastic toy in her backpack. She says she was shocked...

Robber Wannabe Fails With Water Gun: Police

Victim not fooled by toy's bright colors

(Newser) - If you're going to attempt a robbery, you probably won't succeed if your intended victim sees you're using a fake gun, especially if it's all different colors. That's what police say happened to Amanuel Perkins, who's accused of trying to rob a Missouri business...

You Probably Can't Carry Your Toy Gun in Boston

If it has a marking to distinguish it from a real gun, you're OK

(Newser) - You should probably leave your toy gun at home if you're planning to be out and about in Boston. The city has banned "realistic-looking" toy handguns or "replica" handguns, NBC News and the Boston Globe report. Anyone caught with such a "gun" in a public space...

Cleveland Mayor: Sorry for Blaming Tamir Rice

Documents will be re-worded soon, Frank Jackson says

(Newser) - Cleveland's mayor apologized today after the city's lawyers suggested in court documents that a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions. Mayor Frank Jackson says the city's response to a federal lawsuit filed...

Cleveland: We'll Release Video of Shot 12-Year-Old

Audio in 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death, names of officers also to be released

(Newser) - Cleveland police said earlier this week they had no plans to release the surveillance video that shows Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice , but those plans have apparently changed. A police department spokesman now says that the video documenting what happened between officers and 12-year-old Tamir, as well as audio...

Cleveland Cops Kill 12-Year-Old With Toy Gun

Unnamed boy was brandishing Airsoft gun at rec center

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun died today after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call yesterday afternoon about a person waving a gun in a park. A man who called 911 told dispatchers that the person, "...

School Holds Firearms Buyback ... for Toy Guns

Principal says toy guns desensitize kids to real weapons from a young age

(Newser) - A California school is running a "toy gun exchange" today, offering students a free book and a chance to win a bicycle in if they hand in their plastic pistols, reports the San Jose Mercury News . "Playing with toys guns, saying 'I'm going to shoot you,...

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