POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Idaho man is leading a charge for tougher state laws on toy guns that closely resemble actual firearms.
In this case, the concern is over so-called airsoft guns, which fire a plastic pellet and are popular for use in military style games. Airsoft guns are also prized for their realistic design and likeness to real firearms.
In recent weeks, airsoft guns have been at the center of a handful of encounters between police and teenagers carrying them in neighborhoods in Pocatello and Chubbock.
That's why Fort Hall resident Dave Archuleta says the time is ripe for tougher regulations.
He says the guns are so realistic looking that one day a police encounter could turn deadly.
Archuleta says he is urging Representative Donna Boe, a Pocatello Democrat, to lobby for tougher state laws on the guns.
Boe says she shares concerns but more research is needed on the issue.