Cincinnati: Last Friday, Southwest Ohio authorities arrested a man, who carriedloaded handgun on his person. To ensure no one suspected that he was carrying an illegal weapon, he even painted it red so that it resembled a toy.
This photo, provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff in Cincinnati, shows a red-painted, .380-caliber handgun police found during the arrest of 23-year-old Orlando Lowery. Pic/APF
The arrest came just four days after a legislation was introduced in the state, required that lookalike guns be brightly-coloured or otherwise marked. Ohio lawmakers took up the bill following two fatal police shootings of young people carrying lookalike guns in recent months.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said it’s “a scary thought” that guns would be painted to mislead police. The accused, Orlando Lowery, 23, had a .380-caliber handgun and nine grams of cocaine. No attorney was listed for Lowery, who was jailed on a concealed weapons charge and a drug count.
The sheriff said, “We arrested a dangerous individual who we believe purposefully painted a loaded handgun red to mislead law enforcement into thinking this was a toy gun.”