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St. Paul bans realistic toy guns

By Candice Dehnbostel

Non-lethal firearms that look like the real thing will no longer be allowed on the streets of St. Paul the City Council unanimously decided Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.

The ban does not include obvious toys or water pistols, reported the Pioneer Press, but carrying real-looking pellet guns or Airsoft guns will result in a misdemeanor charge.

The fake guns have been mistaken by police for real ones, causing cities in Oregon, Texas, California, Michigan and New York to either implement a ban or move closer to prohibiting replica guns, according to USA Today.