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Only in America: Water guns vs. firearms

Tampa readies for the GOP convention by outlawing water pistols, but not real guns — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

Tampa officials have released a list of items considered a security threat during the Republican National Convention in August, including water pistols, masks, and even pieces of string. Firearms are not on the list. State gun laws prohibit any local restriction on the carrying of guns. "If we'd tried to regulate guns, it wouldn't have worked," says a city official.