- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Gun rights advocates are calling on Massachusetts lawmakers to approve a bill that would treat anyone who brandishes a fake gun during a violent crime the same as someone with an actual weapon.

The head of the Gun Owners’ Action League said the state needs the law given what the group called a recent rise in police-involved shootings of suspects with fake weapons.

On Sunday prosecutors said a Hingham police officer shot a man who pointed what looked like a handgun at him. The weapon was a pellet gun.

GOAL Executive Director Jim Wallace said anyone who uses a fake gun in a crime should be treated as if they had a real gun.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz says state police are investigating the shooting. The man who was shot faces assault charges.

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