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New York Cracking Down on Toy Gun Sales

August 04, 2015  | 

The state of New York is cracking down on the sale of realistic-looking toy guns as five major retailers have agreed to pull the items from their shelves, reports the Washington Post.

Wal-Mart, Amazon, Kmart, Sears, and California-based ACTA agreed to pay a combined total of $300,000 in penalties for illegally selling “imitation weapons,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday. According to Schneiderman’s office, those retailers sold 6,429 prohibited toy guns between 2012 and 2014.

New York state law prohibits the sale of aluminum toy guns and requires toy guns to have special markings on the sides and the tip of the barrel. As part of the agreement, the companies also agreed to abide by New York City’s stricter toy-gun law, which requires all toy guns to be brightly colored.

Realistic toy guns have become an issue again following high-profile police shootings last year. In September, police stormed an Ohio Wal-Mart and shot and killed John Crawford III, who had picked up from a store shelf an air rifle that shoots BBs. Months later, a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who had a BB gun.

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kevCopAz @ 8/4/2015 6:52 PM

Not that I disagree with this enforcement, but really in a city where the Mayor stops cops from 'stop and frisk" to prevent REAL guns from hitting the streets. Im sure this will end violence in NYC (NOT!) This is an example of liberal thinking. We as cops know that if the bad guys can, they will paint the guns tips orange or green or freeking pink and hope that some poor cop hesitates and gets sacked. If you want to do this fine, but please allow the cops to enforce the laws on the books against the real criminals with real guns too for God sake.

db in AZ @ 8/4/2015 6:58 PM

Whether it be a toy gun, BB gun, a brightly painted Real Gun(which killers have figured out)...If you raise and point it at any law enforcement officer/agent or CCW permit holder there is a high probability you have sealed your fate. Common sense is apparently an after-thought for those brandishing weapons in public surroundings.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/4/2015 7:25 PM

Its about time that this happened however too late in some cases. Still it doesn't prevent the garbage element from copying the colors and painting their real weapons the same colors.

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