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Maine bill would ban replica guns in schools

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Fake guns on school grounds would be prohibited in Maine, under a bill state lawmakers plan to take up at a public hearing Monday. The bill would make it a crime to have replica firearms on school property — from pellet guns to fake guns that don’t shoot anything. The bill is not aimed, however, at toy guns with bright orange markings. Democratic Senator Dawn Hill, of York, the bill’s sponsor, says the measure is necessary to prevent potentially serious tragedies. She said she introduced the measure in response to an incident at a high school in Kittery last summer when a resource officer found a BB gun in a student’s car.

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