I especially like the part where they wrestled the 7 year old to the ground....surprised they didn't call the SWAT team!!! http://www.thewbalchannel.com/polit...245/detail.html State Lawmakers Consider Banning Replica, BB Guns Legislators Consider Bill After Toy Guns Were Used In Crimes POSTED: 4:34 PM EST February 2, 2004 ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill taking aim at toy guns is picking up steam among some Maryland lawmakers. The legislation would ban the sale of toy guns that look like the real thing and the sale of pellet and BB guns would also be outlawed, WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported. Baltimore City Delegate Curt Anderson, D-District 43, is co-sponsoring legislation ( House Bill 45) that leaves nothing to chance. The bill would impose a statewide ban on the sale toy guns that resemble real firearms. The prohibition would include BB and pellet guns and, in effect, take toys out of the hands of children, Collins said. "We want to take toys that look like real guns off the market, and in that sense, yes, it does take dangerous toys away from kids," Anderson said. Parents are split on the issue. "I'd be afraid [of] a toy gun, I'd be afraid even if it looked like a toy gun. In the dark, you could never tell," Cassandra Gilmer said. Baltimore City Delegate Wants To Take Toy Guns Off The Market "My personal feeling is that banning something is not the best way to handle a situation. I think that parents have the responsibility to teach their children about the responsible use of guns," Marlyn Drey said. "If you do sell toys that look like the real thing, it might encourage the violent behavior, and also kids might be confused about what's real and what's not," Annapolis resident Kelsey Berdeguez said. Last April, a 7-year-old boy used a toy gun (pictured, above left) in an alleged attempt to rob an Anne Arundel County video store. Police thought the weapon was real and wrestled the child to the ground to disarm him. Last November, Annapolis City Alderwoman Cynthia Carter set aside a city proposal to ban toy guns in an effort to gain more support. "The whole thing smacks of political correctness," Annapolis Alderman Bob Toronto said in debate of the proposed city bill on Nov. 10, 2003. Anderson's House bill has influential co-sponsors, in addition to the momentum of a number of toy stores who have voluntarily agreed to stop selling the look-alike guns.