Fatal Police Shooting In Cincinnati Renews Fake Gun Ban Debate

Feb 22, 2016

The fatal police shooting of a man in Cincinnati is adding fuel to the debate over imitation firearms. 

Lawmakers in the Ohio House want to ban imitation firearms which can look exactly like a regular, deadly weapon.

A video from February 17 showed Cincinnati police ask a man to put his hands in the air, then opened fire when he reached for what ended up being an air soft gun.

Democratic Representative Alicia Reece of Cincinnati proposed a "lookalikes" ban after the 2014 shootings of Tamir Rice in Cleveland and John Crawford in Beavercreek.

She says it will protect law enforcement, improve their relationship with the community and hurt only the manufacturers.

“They look real, let’s be real. Manufacturers are making money because they look real,” said Reece.

Two bills to ban imitation firearms have each only received one hearing so far.