Fake gun in schools bill gets push back in Maine

8:09 PM, Feb 3, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Groups opposing a bill that would ban the use of BB guns and non-firing replica firearms in schools say the measure is too broad and would do little to improve school safety.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee examined the bill Monday.

Supporter of the measure that would ban the realistic-looking guns say an officer mistakenly thinking a student is carrying a high-caliber weapon into a school could result in a tragedy. The measure was introduced after a resource officer found a BB gun that looked like a real gun in a student's car last year.

But the Maine Civil Liberties Union says adding a new crime to the books, especially one that will most likely affect younger people, will lead to students being unnecessarily funneled from schools to jails.

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