After Boston police officers recovered a replica gun Monday from a 20-year-old man in Dorchester, the department reminded the public of the dangers of the fake weapons.
“If a suspect told you the gun pictured was fake, would you take his word for it?” the department posted on its Twitter page, with several pictures of the replica revolver. “There’s a reason replica guns are banned in Boston.”
The city banned replica guns in public places with a November 2015 ordinance, according to Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office. At the time, the department had recovered more than 150 replica handguns in connection with crimes.
“Replica guns have become a big issue for us,” Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said at the time. “We all too often encounter young people who are carrying these fake guns and even though they are fake, the public and the police don’t know they are.”
According to the ordinance, police are allowed to confiscate the replica weapons, but having one is not a criminal offense.
The department said the guns, though fake, could have lethal consequences.
“Thankfully, this kid never pointed this gun at any of our officers because, if he had, this could’ve gone real bad,” one of the responding officers said, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
The man, Damien Davis, allegedly “dumped” a stolen motor scooter and ran from police before the replica revolver was found in his backpack. He was charged with receiving stolen property and trespassing.
Davis also had outstanding warrants for unlawful possession of ammunition, and assault and battery, according to police.