Bill Seeks to Ban Replica Guns in Baltimore

The Baltimore City Council is considering a citywide ban on toy guns that are made to look like pistols, machine guns and rifles — and have been linked to shootings in Baltimore and cities across the country.

In April, police in East Baltimore shot and wounded a 14-year-old middle-school student who they say was carrying a spring-air-powered BB gun that resembled a semiautomatic pistol.

Councilman James B. Kraft said he filed the bill to protect city youths.