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Gainesville Police: Use Toy Guns On Halloween Wisely, Or Just Don’t Use Them

By on October 29th, 2013

Carrying a toy gun on Halloween could prove dangerous.

GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said the decision to carry a toy gun is not one to be taken lightly.

“Police officers are always on guard, especially with the increase in gun violence,” Tobias said. “It is extremely difficult in a split second for an officer to tell the difference between a real gun and a fake one.”

Brittney Spicer, a mother of two toddlers, said kids don’t care about the details and just want to have fun.

“They don’t care if it’s a little alien blaster that doesn’t look real at all and makes funny sounds and lights up,” Spicer said. “There’s no reason for them to look real.”

Tobias said if you do decide to carry a toy gun, be sure to make it look as fake as possible, especially by using an orange tip.

He said there are both federal and state penalties for modifying a gun to look realistic.

“Choose your Halloween costume wisely,” Tobias said. “Use common sense and know that we don’t know who you are.”


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  • jmark80

    There is no increase in gun violence. That is a falsity being bandied about by gun-control fanatics. Gun violence has been steadily declining for 20 years.

    Police today face the exact same challenges that they did 20 years ago. Don’t tell parents to be careful on choosing which toy gun their toddlers play with. Tell your officers to stop being so trigger happy and use common sense.

 

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