City Of Cleveland Classifies BB, Pellet Guns As Firearms

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland City Council says that BB and pellet guns are firearms, not toys.

The Council approved a law on Monday night that prohibits children from owning the guns and bans them from public places in the city.

Mayor Jane Campbell signed the measure during the meeting.

The law was proposed after 13-year-old Raymond Bozak was killed by an air rifle BB in a drive-by shooting last year. It applies only in Cleveland, but State Rep. Ed Jerse has proposed a similar one for the entire state.

The 19-year-old man who fired the air rifle shot that killed Bozak pleaded guilty in March to involuntary manslaughter and endangering children. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Court records say that the BB that hit Bozak had the same velocity as a bullet from a .38-caliber gun.

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