CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in southwest Ohio say they have arrested a man with a loaded handgun painted red to resemble a toy.
The arrest Friday came just four days after legislation was introduced in Ohio to require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked. That bill came in the aftermath of two police fatal shootings in less than four months of young people who were holding lookalike guns.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says it's "a scary thought" that guns would be painted to mislead police.
Police responding to a call about a man with a gun say they found 23-year-old Orlando Lowery with a red-painted .380-caliber handgun and 9 grams of cocaine. No attorney was listed for him.