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BB and pellet guns may seem like toys to some, but legally, they may be treated more like weapons.
Police in Ohio certainly considered the BB/pellet rifle being carried by 22-year-old John Crawford inside a local Walmart to be a dangerous weapon. Beavercreek Police officers fatally shot Crawford after Crawford allegedly refused to comply with officers' commands, reports the New York Daily News. The Crosman MK-177 rifle Crawford was holding when he was shot is sold at Walmart. Crawford's wife told the Dayton Daily News that Crawford did not bring a gun with him when the couple went to the Walmart and was killed while holding a "toy gun" he picked up at the store.
What are the laws regarding BB guns? Here are five you need to know:
If you are charged with violating a state or federal law regulating the use or possession of a BB gun, a criminal lawyer can help explain the charges and your legal options.
- Know someone who has been arrested or charged with a crime? Get in touch with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in your area today.