I have to agree if you try and rob a place with a replica, you understand what your doing. Now I can understand that some of the examples they give in the article almost sound like there suicide by cop issues. That is just my opinion but that is what is sounds like. Who would go and rob a 7/11 let's say and when cops show up waive the gun around like it was real?
You know that police have authority to shoot at anytime when they feel threatened. Just sounds like it's an easy way to commit suicide then shooting yourself.