Maine bill would ban replica guns in schools

10:34 PM, Feb 1, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers begin examining a bill next week that would prohibit people from having fake guns on school grounds.

Democratic Sen. Dawn Hill, of York, said she introduced the measure in response to an incident at a high school in Kittery when a resource officer found a BB gun in a student's car. The BB gun looked like a real gun.

Hill says she is worried about what could happen if a student enters the building with a replica gun and officers think it's real.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on the measure Monday.

Rep. Peter Johnson, the ranking Republican on the committee, says he's concerned about overreacting to the situation but is interested to learn about the bill.

 

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