When you see a state trooper in your rear view mirror, that trooper is almost assuredly carrying a pistol and also has a rifle, a shotgun or both somewhere in the car. Police are trying to stay a step ahead of the other side. “Manufacturers are becoming a little bit more creative,” says Sgt. Natasha Lawson.
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“Most toy guns should have the colored tip on the ends, but … you can find (real) guns that are pink, you can find them that are green … and people that are often trying to do bad with guns often paint their guns to look like toy guns.” State police showed different types of weapons to reporters during a Springfield seminar sponsored by the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.