Fatal BB Gun Shooting Prompting Change

CLEVELAND - The drive-by shooting death of 13-year-old Raymond Bozak is prompting change in the city of Cleveland -- a change that will affect everyone who owns a BB gun or a pellet gun, 19/43 News' Bill Safos reported.

If they're used to kill, like in the case of Raymond, the person responsible could face hard time.

When just looking at BB guns, it's hard to tell whether they're real or whether they're toys, but make no mistake, they can kill.

"Go look at my son's grave if you think it's a toy," Raymond's father, Richard Bozak, told the Cleveland City Council's safety committee on Wednesday.

Richard's son was killed in August after being shot by a high-powered BB gun. That's why Richard and his wife, Carol Bozak, testified before the committee.

"It puts fear in people's lives just to have people walking around with them, carrying them," Carol said.

"My stinking claim to fame is my son was killed by a BB gun. I don't want to be here, but I'm here to help get this passed."

City council president Mike Polensek said that he wants BB guns and pellet guns to be classified as weapons.

"What you see now is that BB guns and pellet guns will kill you," Polensek said.

Some members of council want to slap new restrictions on BB and pellet guns. If passed, it would mean that they can't be carried in public places and must be transported in secure areas like car trunks.

Wednesday's meeting was just the first step to get the proposed BB gun ordinance to become law. Next, it will go to the legislative committee, and then to the full council in January.