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Since the start of the year, Portland police have shot two suspects who held replica guns. Bradley Morgan died from a single gunshot wound to the head after a standoff with police on top of a parking garage in January. And officers shot 31-year-old Jonah Potter last week near Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland.

Police said Potter also used his replica gun in an armed robbery the day before.

The city of Beaverton has had a similar ordinance in place for five years and according to a spokesman for the Beaverton Police Department, Mike Rowe, it is working quite well.

He said he’s noticed there are fewer crimes committed with them and no officer-involved shootings involving them since rules went into place prohibiting displays of replica guns in public or near schools.

Source: Thom Jensen for KATU News.

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