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City Council: Brightly-Colored BB Guns Would Reduce LAPD Shootings

August 12, 2013  | 

Photo of real guns painted pink to look like toy guns via LAPPL.
Photo of real guns painted pink to look like toy guns via LAPPL.
The police union representing LAPD officers has condemned a proposed city ordinance requiring BB guns to be painted a bright color, calling it "ill-advised and dangerous."

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday directed its city attorney to draft legislation proposed by a former LAPD sergeant turned City Council member designed to help protect officers from office-involved shootings involving toy guns.

Dennis Zine, a former LAPD motor sergeant, said the ordinance would require all BB devices, Airsoft pistols, and other imitation firearms to have the entire exterior surface painted "in a distinguishable color that will enable law enforcement to readily distinguish these imitation firearms from other firearms," reports CBS Los Angeles.

The City Council voted 14-1 Wednesday to draft the legislation. Former LAPD Chief Bernard Parks voted against it.

Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said the legislation would have the opposite effect because criminals would attempt to mask real guns by painting them bright colors.

"This is a horrible idea that may cause officers to hesitate when confronted with a colored rifle when we already know that fully operable handguns and rifles have been painted bright colors," Izen said in a statement. "The law is designed to create doubt in an officer’s mind. If they hesitate they could be killed."

Izen also added that the law would give parents a false sense of security when giving their children colorful guns.

Comments (19)

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[email protected] @ 8/12/2013 8:45 PM

OK, first off we're talking about L.A., add in the lalaland dwellers on the city council-who probably live in gated areas-and the whole thing comes into focus. That this farce was dreamed up by an ex-LEO is flat stunning. How long do you think it would take the bangers to start painting their guns hot pink? And by the time this suposed council rescinded this joke we'd have some Blue blood on the streets. Blues, Stay Safe.

Firecop @ 8/13/2013 1:15 PM

Are these people crazy? Hold on, didn't this state just pass a law allowing any kids in school to choose what gender they would like to be, and use the appropriate bathrooms for their chosen gender? I'll recall my earlier question.

Retired NY Boss @ 8/13/2013 1:19 PM

Time to move to LA and open a paint store.

Jesse Samson @ 8/13/2013 1:21 PM

My theory is that subsonic vibrations in the Los Angeles area, caused by shifting tectonic plates, induces brain fog and idiocy among our politicians.

Daniel @ 8/13/2013 1:21 PM

Nowadays many BB and Airsoft guns available are in-fact not painted in a bright color but are actually translucent and can bee seen through. Perhaps this would be a better alternative (since its not possible to make a real gun "see-through").

T. Carter @ 8/13/2013 1:25 PM

Really, another law!?! Whatever happened to enforcing the old ones!?! Here's a law that we should have for people that dream up these "new" laws, random mandatory drug testing; because you people are ingesting some special kind of narcotic.

Jack Betz @ 8/13/2013 1:43 PM

You can make your pitch to the first widdow of the cop who saw a different color on some punks gun and was killed trying to decide if it was a bb gun or the real thing some jerk took some paint to. WERE THESE MORONS BORN THIS STUPID!

Jim Van Gorder @ 8/13/2013 3:32 PM

This really is no problem....Point ANY gun at me and no matter the color I will immediately take action. He who hesitates is lost.

Sean @ 8/13/2013 5:09 PM

Dumbest thing I've heard, there are already to many real weapons painted with any color under the sun. How about enforcing the laws already on the books. And have the parents teach the kids that pointing any gun at an officer is illegal and could result in death

BigGuns45ACP @ 8/14/2013 3:20 AM

I've said it once and I'll say it again, I'm so FU#*ing glad I made it over the wall and got the hell out of that god forsaken state in time! I went to an AR-15 Armorers course in 07 hosted by the Fresno County SO and had to call them and beg and plead to let me borrow one of their ARs for the course because mine isn't CA legal! Shit when I was in grade school there in CA, you'de get your ass bounced all the way to the principals office just for spending 2 seconds to many near the girls bathroom! Now just say, "I think I'm a girl" and they say, Oh, in that case go right in!" So Taurus, Ruger and S&W all make thousands of brightly colored handguns each year and then you got CavArms makin' colored ARs and then there's Duracoat and Ceracoat that will let you make any firearm brightly colored! What a bunch of idiots! Did I mention how glad I was to get the hell out of there!

Bkuevixen63 @ 8/14/2013 9:29 PM

Okay, could this be more ludicrous? Is Zine telling LA citizens "it is okay to point a gun at police officers so long as it is neon pink, green, yellow, etc; and telling officers, okay you see a gun but take a second to see if it is factory painted before you shoot." Zine I know you have been away from LE for a while but this is one issue I think you need to reconsider...cudos to Parks for understanding the inherent danger associated with this proposal.

Trigger @ 8/15/2013 4:22 AM

Wow, these people live on some other planet. This makes about as much sense as putting a bandaid over an amputation. Maybe one of the 14 idiots who voted in favor of this will have a pretty pink 9mm stuck in their face.

Sgt. Mike @ 8/15/2013 7:50 PM

Piss poor move...

Bob @ 10/2/2013 3:27 PM

I forsee many criminals painting their REAL guns the same way, to avoid being shot

lalew @ 10/2/2013 8:14 PM

common sense for kids - don't play with toy guns out in public.

Tango @ 1/26/2014 1:18 PM

Those aren't "real guns painted pink to look like toy guns". More idiocy on the part of police politicians.

Goat @ 3/13/2014 8:05 AM

Those are all real guns tango don't be a douche. Research what they do to real guns before opening your mouth.

Vico Confino @ 7/10/2014 6:17 PM

Go to:
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Your comments are welcome.

sallen @ 7/30/2014 10:52 AM

Goat, the way I read the comments, you misinterpreted what Tango said. He/She said that those are not guns painted pink to look like toys, which is true, he/she did not say they were not real guns. They are real guns, either painted pink, ordered pink, or had pink stocks added, because the owners liked pink – not because they wanted them to look like toys. We have a few pink guns at home, because I have girls that like to shoot and like the color pink, not because they want them to look like toys.

Now back on topic, I do believe this law is really stupid, point anything at a cop and you should expect to get shot.

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