WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) - West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley says fake guns that look authentic are creating a safety problem in east Mississippi's Golden Triangle.
The Commercial Dispatch reports West Point
officers have been confiscating air pistols, shotguns and rifles that look real.
says the fakes must be taken seriously by officers approaching people who have them.
While a fake gun can be made with an orange tip on the muzzle to show it poses less of a threat, Brinkley
says many people remove those.
says officers responded last month to a call about an unruly man at a restaurant.
The man had a fake pistol in his
waistband and was not cooperating with police.
officers initially had no way of knowing whether the gun was real.