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Pasco girl discovers realistic replica handgun in driveway


A PASCO COUNTY TEENAGER IS BEING CALLED A HERO AFTER SHE DISCOVERED WHAT LOOKED LIKE A REAL GUN UNDER SOME LEAF BAGS ON A DRIVEWAY. SHE BACKED OFF AND CALLED HER MOM WHO THEN CALLED 911. IT TURNED OUT TO BE A BB GUN, BUT THIS THING LOOKED REAL AND THAT CAN BE A PROBLEM FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH ADRENALINE PUMPING. MISTAKE THAT TOY GUN FOR A REAL GUN AND SOMEONE COULD END UP DEAD. PETER BERNARD ON THE NIGHTBEAT. Reporter: ONE OF THESE GUNS IS REAL. THE OTHER IS A BB GUN. CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE? IT WAS WEDGED BETWEEN TWO GARBAGE BAGS RIGHT THERE. Reporter: 11-YEAR-OLD SAVANNAH LEMASTER DISCOVERED WHAT SURE LOOKED LIKE A REAL GUN. WHEN YOU SAW THAT GUN, WHAT WAS YOUR INSTANT REACTION? I JUST GOT LIKE SCARED. Reporter: LAYING THERE FLAT ON THE DRIVEWAY IT STOOD OUT. MY MOM, SHE RAN OVER THE GARBAGE BAG BECAUSE IT WAS OUT HERE. I RAN. I LOOKED THERE AND I JUST RAN AND TOLD HER. Reporter: HER MOTHER ERIKAH CALLED 911. PASCO COUNTY DEPUTY CREG BELL SHOWED UP. IT’S A BB GUN. Reporter: THE GUN IS A REPLICA OF A BERETTA 9- MILLIMETER HANDGUN. IT LOOKED SO REAL TO ME I WAS TAKEN BACK. Reporter: DEPUTY BELL RECOGNIZED THE BB GUN RIGHT AWAY. HE OWNS A REAL BERETTA AND TOLD SAVANNAH AND HER MOTHER HOW ANOTHER REPLICA ALMOST CAUSED A TRAFFIC STOP TO TURN UGLY. HE REACHED FOR IT AND I ALMOST SHOT HIM OVER — IT WAS A BB GUN. Reporter: DEPUTIES WHO ENCOUNTER CRIMINALS MAY HAVE FAR LESS TIME THAN THIS DEPUTY TO DETERMINE IF A GUN IS REAL OR A REPLICA. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE APPEARANCE AND THE PERCEPTION AND IF THEY BELIEVE THAT IT’S A REAL GUN, THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO REACT AS THOUGH IT IS. Reporter: TOY GUNS MUST HAVE AN ORANGE COLORED TIP ON THE BARREL, NOT SO FOR BB GUNS LIKE THIS. ERIKAH IS THANKFUL HER DAUGHTER DID THE RIGHT THING. MY PARENTING ACTUALLY WENT INTO PLAY AND SHE ACTUALLY LISTENS. Reporter: DEPUTY BELL GAVE HER A BADGE FOR NOT TOUCHING THE GUN. IF SOMEONE POINTED THAT AT ME, I THINK I WOULD HAVE TO BE CONCERNED. SO YOU DID THE RIGHT THING AND I’M VERY PROUD OF YOU. Reporter: DID YOU FIGURE IT OUT YET? THEY BOTH WEIGH THE SAME. THE REAL GUN? THIS ONE RIGHT HERE, POTENTIALLY LETHAL.

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