Utica Police arrested 48-year-old Kenneth Hill on Friday night on charges of menacing.
Officers were called to 6 Schuyler Street on a report that Hill was on his porch with a handgun menacing neighbors.
Several neighbors said they feared he would shoot them.
Police say Hill initially refused to drop his gun, but when he did, officers discovered it was a BB gun that looked like a real firearm.
Hill is charged with three counts of menacing.