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Gun confusion: Cops having trouble telling real from fake & fake from real

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Can you tell which one is real?  The gun on the right is fake, but cops are having trouble telling the difference if it's pointed at them. Can you tell which one is real? The gun on the right is fake, but cops are having trouble telling the difference if it's pointed at them.
To serve and protect is the mission police officers live by, but now, South Bend police officers are dealing with a problem that's undetectable. More and more pellet guns are being manufactured to look like the real thing.

"Even if you're a firearms expert, you don't get to study it for 10 seconds or 2 minutes. You have to make an instant decision, especially considering this is going to be in somebody's hands," says Captain Phil Trent of the south Bend Police Department. Pellet and BB guns are now manufactured to look like the real thing, and officers are having to react faster to kids carrying the look-a-likes.

Last Wednesday, a 12-year-old boy pointed a pellet gun at a South Bend Police officer. Luckily, the officer instructed the boy to put the gun down first. Trent says if the boy didn't do what he was told, the officer would have fired, and he says the action would have been justifiable. "That's how these things spiral out of control and bad things happen.That's the kind of thing that can get somebody killed. That's the kind of thing that every officer dreads," says Trent.

Trent says the game got changed by the bad guys once again. The South Bend Police Department says now, to confuse officers even more, people are taking real guns and painting the ends orange to look like a fake gun. "So we've got another ambiguous situation where there's absolutely no way to tell," he says. Police are faced with the fake guns looking like the real guns and the real guns looking like the fake guns.

Trent says officers have encountered guns that have the ends painted orange, "Especially if it's dark outside, forget it. If they point it at you, a little bit of orange on the end of the barrel is not going to matter a whole lot," he says.
    
Trent says the best thing to keep yourself safe is to go along with the commands of the officer. "They're very rudimentary. Stop, show me your hands. That's it," he says.

In order to buy a pellet gun you have to be 18 years old. Trent says, "You might want to think twice. It's bound to happen, maybe not in South Bend. At some point, it's going to come to a tragic conclusion."
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