by EMILY KALLMYER
Airsoft is a growing trend among young people, who are often attracted to the realism of the guns. But while they may be just toys, there have been a number of recent encounters between police and possessors of these fake weapons.
Last November, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed when police mistook his airsoft gun for a real gun.
This week, a grand jury has been evaluating evidence to determine whether the officers involved should be criminally charged.
Cases like these are why police are encouraging airsoft enthusiasts to take extra precautions and play responsibly.