Guns

Ohio Police Say Man Painted Gun To Resemble Toy

Dec 12, 2014
.380 caliber gun police found on Orlando Lowery
Hamilton County Police photo release

Authorities in southwest Ohio say they have arrested a man with a loaded handgun painted red to resemble a toy gun.

The arrest Friday came just four days after legislation was introduced in Ohio to require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked. That bill came in the aftermath of two police fatal shootings in less than four months of young people in the state who were holding lookalike guns.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says it's "a scary thought" that guns would be painted to mislead police into thinking the guns weren't real.

A BB gun/pistol with a realistic look. This one is tagged with an orange tip to indicate it's not a real gun.
Bryce Mullet / Flickr/Creative Commons

One state lawmaker says toy guns look too much like real guns. Democratic House Representative Alicia Reece is introducing a bill that she says would make BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio more easily distinguishable.

“It would look at color strip, would look at changing the color and at some point would look at changing the look of a gun," she said.

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings.
 
     The boy, Tamir Rice, died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.
 

Hundreds protested outside the Beavercreek Walmart Saturday, demanding the Attorney General's office release video of the police shooting of John Crawford.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Two groups are planning separate demonstrations this weekend centered around the death of 22-year-old John Crawford III, an unarmed black man who was shot by a Beavercreek police officer in Walmart Aug. 5.

A special Greene County Grand Jury decided not to indict Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams, the two police officers involved in the shooting. They responded to a 9-1-1 call claiming Crawford was wandering around the store pointing a gun at people; the gun was later found to be an air rifle bb gun sold in the store.

The Dayton Police Department has released more information about the death of 45-year-old Terry Darnell Heath, who was killed during a confrontation with police on Monday night.

Around 10pm Monday, police responded to a report of an argument and stabbing in the 2300 block of Wyoming Street. They found one of the men involved in that altercation, John Hagen, who was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

The head of the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP held a press conference at City Hall Plaza Wednesday afternoon to discuss the recent shooting death of a Springfield High School Student.  The discussion ranged from gun control to better parenting.

The shooting death of 17-year-old student-athlete Jeffrey Wellington this week has shaken the community.

Springfield NAACP Chapter President, Denise Williams, told the crowd at City Hall that the gun violence has to stop and she recalled a saying used years ago aimed at parents who need to get more involved.

Springfield police are still looking for a 17-year-old Clark County man in connection with the murder of a Springfield High School student. Now, several law enforcement agencies have joined in the search for the suspect.

Jeffrey Wellington, a 17-year-old student-athlete, was shot and killed Sunday morning. Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Tyrin Hawkins who was also a student at Springfield High School.

US Marshals have joined the search for Hawkins, along with the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team.

Police have named a suspect involved in the shooting that claimed the life of a 17-year-old Springfield High School student early Sunday morning. A murder warrant has been issued for the Clark County teenager.

Springfield Police have been investigating the death of student-athlete Jeffrey Wellington early Sunday morning in the 2300 block of North Limestone Street. Police Chief Stephen Moody's office says a warrant has been issued for 17-year-old Tyrin Hawkins of Springfield.

Adam Hill

A forum in Dayton tonight will focus on gun violence in the city. It's the first of four events hosted by the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRVG).  The group's work has already made a positive impact.  

Gun violence has actually declined in the last decade. Since the CIRGV program began in 2008, group-related gun violence dropped 86% in its first four years. 

But program director Sean Walton, says there are still disturbing trends taking place in Dayton neighborhoods, and there's more work to do. 

State officials say there's been a big surge in concealed carry permits in Ohio this year.

The Ohio attorney general's office says just over 82,000 permits had been issued through the end of September.

That's more than all of last year and a record for the state.

Ohio's concealed-carry law allows people with firearms-safety training to apply for a license through county sheriff's departments.

A spokesman with Ohioans for Concealed Carry tells The Columbus Dispatch that there's an upward trend of people wanting to carry out their Second Amendment rights.

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