Only a few of those reports stated that the gun was stuffed down Master Rice's waist band, so even if it had an orange tip (which it did not) it would be indistinguishable from the real item.
Also completely lacking from the media reports is the fact that gangs have refined "open carry" to a new level of sophistication. Pictures from INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, Intelligence Unit, OFFICER SAFETY, IMPDIU# 022709a.
|Hey, look. A super-soaker. I bet I can carry that around campus and nobody will take a second look.|
|Whoa! Dude! What's that inside?|
|By golly, that looks like a shotgun. I wonder how many people they can kill before they have a failure-to-eject. I bet it is more than zero.|