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Maine rejects ban on replica guns in schools

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Maine’s Legislature has rejected a bill that would have banned BB guns and nonfiring replica firearms in schools. The House accepted the majority recommendation of the Education Committee Wednesday that the bill not pass. The Senate took the same action earlier this week. Supporters say officers could easily mistake the realistic-looking guns for the real thing, which could lead to a tragedy. But critics said creating a new crime is not the answer and would unnecessarily funnel young people from schools to jails.

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