Today: Baltimore cracks down on toy gun sales. Tomorrow: Balto has 0 homicides

Today: Baltimore cracks down on toy gun sales. Tomorrow: Balto has 0 homicides

In the midst of a surge in gun violence, a juvenile court official is pushing for a crackdown on the sale of toy guns, and she’s got the example to make her case.

Zakia Mahasa is a master in the city’s juvenile court. On Tuesday, she held up a toy gun she said a deputy sheriff from her court took from two young boys in a west Baltimore neighborhood.

“The boy pulled out a pistol, pointed it at another boy, and the other boy started running. So, of course, he says his heart went in his mouth because it looked like a gun,” Mahasa said.

The gun is plastic and fake, but Mahasa said when placed side-by-side with a real pistol, it is hard to tell the difference. She said the neighborhood where the boys were playing with it has been riddled with gun violence.

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One street, Bennet Place, is closed because of two fatal shootings a week apart. Police put a mobile command center at the scene of another fatal shooting on Presstman.

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