- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has signed an ordinance banning the use of replica handguns in public spaces throughout the city.

Walsh said Monday the ordinance is aimed at increasing public safety by making residents, particularly young people, aware of the dangers of replica handguns - which can be mistaken for real guns.

The ordinance allows police to confiscate the fake firearms and requires the owner retrieve them at local police stations.

Police say they’ve recovered over 150 replica handguns in connection with crimes this year. They said many of the fake guns look so authentic it’s hard even for police officers to tell the difference.

A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland last year after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun.

The regulations take effect immediately.

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