Orlando Lowery was in court this weekend for allegedly painting his .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun to look like a toy.
Lowery, 23, was arrested in the 9500 block of Wayne Avenue where officials found him armed with the gun.
Officials believe Lowery purposefully painted the gun red to mislead law enforcement into thinking it was a toy gun, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.
Nine grams of crack cocaine were also found on Lowery, according to police.
Lowery has been charged with carrying concealed weapons, a third degree felony, and possession of drugs, a fourth degree felony.
“It brings up obvious concerns for the safety of our deputies and the safety of the public at large,” said Sheriff Neil in a statement.
Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) introduced legislation to require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio to be brightly colored or have prominent florescent strips.
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