Annapolis officials, residents debate proposed toy-gun ban

October 28, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Annapolis elected officials and residents debated last night whether the city should outlaw toy guns.

The proposed ordinance would ban the sale and possession of toy guns that resemble actual firearms in the city. Anyone found with a realistic toy gun could be fined $1,000 and imprisoned for up to 90 days.

"It's important to take these dangerous things away. Someone could really get hurt with one of these things," said Alderwoman Cynthia Abney Carter, a Democrat who represents the 6th Ward. Carter introduced the bill after a 7-year-old accused of pointing a toy gun at video store clerks was arrested.

Many in the crowd said they opposed the bill because it would interfere with parental control.

The bill is expected to be voted on next month.

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