GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - On July 4, a 13-year-old boy with a BB gun was handcuffed by police in Grand Rapids. On Wednesday, the department shared a photo of the BB gun that was taken in the incident. 

In the post, GRPD said, "I know we sound like a broken record here, but PLEASE help us keep these replica guns out of kid's hands before something terrible happens, ruining many lives unnecessarily."

THESE ARE NOT TOYS******** This was taken from a 13 year old over this past weekend near Commerce/Oakes after we received a 911 call that he was in the park loading a gun. When we got...

The original incident happened around noon at Heartside Park. According to Sergeant Cathy Williams, the department received a call of a young teenager in handling a gun.

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Williams said the caller was fearful at first because the young teen had a gun, but also that it was in a heavily populated area.

The teenager was handcuffed and the replica gun was taken from him. He was then placed in a cruiser for a few minutes until officers could confirm it was a BB gun, Williams said.

The department is stressing that these BB guns are not toys and asking parents, if they choose to buy them, to keep them at home. There is no charge for carrying a BB gun in the city, but GRPD says it is advocating for stronger laws. 

A video posted to Facebook shows the incident and how the officers handled it. 

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