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Burlington Looks At Gun Look-alike Rules

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The Burlington city council took a step toward changing the rules about air guns, BB guns, and other things that look like real guns.

The proposal would require people to carry and transport their air guns in proper cases, not concealed or openly carried.

In the last few years, the Burlington police department has responded to an average of 20 calls annually about people having guns out walking down the street when those guns turned out not to be real.

"That whole perception thing can happen so fast," Burlington Chief Doug Beaird said. "You just go to question somebody about the gun they have and the next thing you know the gun is being pointed in your direction whether that's intentional or not that happens. So this is very predictable to us and we are trying to prevent that from happening."

This is not a ban on air guns or other look alikes. The final vote is expected in four weeks.


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