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Real Gun? Toy Gun? What happens When Lawyers Without Law Enforcement Experience Write Gun Laws

February 27, 2015  | 

Brightly painted real handgun. 
Brightly painted real handgun. 

In September 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Imitation Firearms Safety Act (SB 199) that will take effect in January 2016.  Los Angeles City Council passed a similar ordinance in 2013 on the heels of SB 1315 sponsored by California State Senator Kevin De Leon in 2012 that would give the City the power “to enact and enforce an ordinance or resolution that is more restrictive than state law.”

De Leon says that toy guns should be painted bright colors or feature fluorescent strips to make them distinguishable as toys.

De Leon’s comments are not only naïve but jeopardize the safety of the public, at large, as well as all law enforcement officers, CityWatchLA reports.

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), adamantly disagrees with De Leon’s logic, and said, “The LAPPL continues to oppose the implementation of a law forcing all imitation firearms to be painted bright colors. Our officers already regularly encounter fully operational firearms that have been painted these same bright colors. In order to maintain the safety of the public, our officers have to assume that any weapon, regardless of the color, is fully loaded and capable of shooting live rounds.”

De Leon’s law certainly gives a criminal incentive to paint a real gun a bright color now. 

Last September, after a two-month undercover operation, Police in San Leandro raided a home where they seized more than 500 marijuana plants, eight pounds of processed pot, $45,000 in drug money and two assault rifles that had been made to resemble toy guns.

 


Comments (9)

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kevCopAz @ 2/28/2015 10:21 AM

Real tired of simple minded solutions from simple minded politicians and non LEOs (including Lawyers) making these dumb ass laws that don't do a darn thing to stop anything. What a bunch of fools run LA and for that matter the state of California.

Federali @ 2/28/2015 10:30 AM

Pretty much the same thing that happens when polititions that know nothing about firearms write any of our gun laws!

captmidnight @ 2/28/2015 12:41 PM

Several well known manufacturers already offer pink, purple, gold and other colors for real weapons.
Something like this will lead an officer to hesitate, and that will get someone hurt.
If someone ,even a child points what appears to be a weapon, then action must be taken.

When we played with cap pistols as children, we had sense enough to not point them at the real Police.

Morning Eagle @ 2/28/2015 5:57 PM

Typical California nonsensical and ludicrous firearms garbage signed by jerry brown. Did brown and those screwballs in the legislature really think for one minute that the bad guys would not immediately try to take advantage of such a stupid law? This can only cause at least momentary confusion and possible lethal hesitation on the part of an officer confronted with such a weapon.

plato's playdough @ 3/1/2015 4:02 AM

This report lacks correct structure. May I suggest...

Last September, after a two-month undercover operation, Police in San Leandro raided a home where they seized more than 500 marijuana plants, eight pounds of processed pot, $45,000 in drug money and two assault rifles that had been made to resemble toy guns.

Don't miss it, TWO ASSAULT RIFLES were modified to resemble TOY guns, by painting them with bright colors.

Now, SB 1315 sponsored by California State Senator Kevin De Leon in 2012 would give the City the power “to enact and enforce an ordinance or resolution that is more restrictive than state law.”

The implication that Senator De Leon seeks to empower Drug Distribution Enterprises by passing such legislation, is not meant to disparage the reputation of said Senator in any way, nor to cast doubt on his motivations.

Rather, the insinuation is meant to be provocative, to encourage dialog in bringing to light the insulatory effect of leadership position absent street sense.

Leonard Mather @ 3/1/2015 7:48 PM

The people who believe that the answer lies in painting guns have a mind-set of simplicity and "answers-in-a-can." Such people believe in signs like "eat here; good food." It is called the Symbol Referent Ambiguity. Such people also would believe in the Brady Law. They would also sue gun manufacturers and automobile manufacturers in cause of death. Assessing multivariables would be too difficult for these types, hence a coat of paint is their final solution. Thinking is just too difficult for them.

NetRanger @ 3/2/2015 8:23 AM

Its like nobody thinks anymore. If your gun is black its an evil assault rifle. But, pink and green, its a kids toy. Just more proof that lawmakers and lawyers just don't get this thing called REALITY.

To them, perception is reality even if that perception is obviously false to the rest of us.

Richard Hightower @ 3/3/2015 11:14 AM

What can happen... NOTHING good.

Politicans writting foolish / stupid laws is what has given us the Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968 and the National Firearms Act. Both are simply BAD law and serve only to remove firearms out of the hands of people we WANT to have them.

Note: the GCA is a almost direct transliteration of a NAZI gun law -- Do we really wnat to take government / legislative lessons from the NAZIs.

And the Nation Firearm Act was created to "tax weapons" out of the hands of law-abidding citizens (see comments in the Congressional Diary dueing deliberations. Words actually said on the floor!)

Richard Hightower @ 3/3/2015 11:19 AM

What do we get when politicans make law about things they don't know about?

Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) -- a near direct transliteration of a NAZI gun law designed to restrict firearms possesion by targeted groups of law-abidding citizens (Do we really want to take legislation / government lessons from the NAZIs?)

Nationg Fireams Act (NFA) -- see comments in the Congressional Diary during deliberations. Comments by proponents that their intention was to "tax them(fireamrs) out of existence" as a legislative manuver around the Second Admendment.

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