A nonlethal airsoft gun is at the center of the controversial Tempe police shooting of 14-year-old Antonio Arce.
Police have said the boy stole the gun from a vehicle and ran from police. A Tempe officer chased Arce down an alley and shot him as he was running away.
What is an airsoft gun?
An airsoft gun often resembles a traditional firearm but shoots nonlethal, plastic pellets. They are used for target practice and military-style games, similar to paintball guns or BB guns. They are sometimes described as non-powder guns or imitation firearms.
Federal law does not consider an airsoft gun to be a firearm, but it does have some regulations for them.
Federal law requires these guns to be sold with an orange tip on its muzzle, distinguishing it from a lethal firearm. But states vary in their requirements about whether that orange tip must be kept on.
Arizona has no state laws regulating the sale of airsoft guns.
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