What was so wrong with the old shield? I don’t like the new shield or the new look. It doesn’t look like Captain America at all. It just looks like some gorgeous guy with a really weird prosthetic arm.
Because I don't think Cap would actually aim a gun at anyone in public so they'll settle on laser pointer, cause Steve thought "who can tell the difference right?" Plus they won't have the cash to buy that kind of gun anyways so, Hello laser pointer!