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Mt. Vernon Police warn the use of a certain toy gun to shoot at people can lead to criminal charges

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The Mt Vernon Police Department has recently handled several incidents involving Orbeez guns, which shoot gel balls that range from 6 to 8 millimeters in size.

Officers say these incidents usually involve teenagers shooting at other people, sometimes striking them.

They say discharging projectiles within the city limits of Mt Vernon is prohibited by City Ordinance.

Beyond that, if the guns are being used to threaten people, shoot at people, damage property, or shoot people, the offender could face criminal charges ranging from misdemeanor Assault to felony charges of Aggravated Battery.

Police say Orbeez guns used in committing any offense will be seized as evidence.

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