Concerns that air guns are being mistaken for high-velocity firearms are prompting Columbus officials to consider changes in the city's weapons laws.
The Republic reports that low-velocity weapons have been brandished in more than 20 incidents this year. Mayor Kristen Brown says most have involved preteens or young teenage boys.
Council members say the air guns often resemble high-powered weapons. They say they don't want someone injured or killed because police aren't sure whether they have a real weapon.
City Attorney Jeff Logston says one possibility is to declare BB guns and air guns weapons and ban the discharge of all weapons within city limits.
Police Chief Jason Maddix says he wants to see how effective such restrictions have been in other communities before moving forward.
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