realistic-bbgun-2-09-09 realistic-bbgun-09-09Bedford County Deputies are calling a situation last week a “Chiller” after they encountered an adult male, threatening suicide, with a gun in his hand. Authorities say the male suddenly turned and advanced toward deputies with the weapon still in his hand, appearing to elevate it at them. Deputies then tased the suspect only to discover the subject’s weapon was a BB gun.

Police say this near tragedy underscored the need to clamp down on the sale of replica and pellet guns that often look nearly indistinguishable from actual weapons.