Joint hearing held on imitation firearm legislation in Boston

A public hearing was held on Thursday for the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security where testimony will be held on imitation firearm legislation. 

State Representative Dan Cullinane was joined by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Rev. Jeffrey Brown, who were set to testify in support of Cullinane’s legislation on imitation firearms. 

Replica weapons were on display at the State House on Thursday. 

The bill would require manufactures to put a one-inch orange strip built into the replica that would be visible from all angles. 

"We see way too many guns not only in the city but across the state and the last thing we want to happen is what happened to Tamir Rice in Cleveland and we face those decisions every day," Evans said. 

A federal law requires an orange tip on the end of a replica gun. 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh passed a city ordinance that bans people from imitation weapons in public. 

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