"...Call for retailers to immediately stop the in-store and online sale and shipment ... of toy guns."
New York's attorney general wants to
restrict the sale
of realistic-looking toy guns in the state.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
that his office sent cease-and-desist letters to Walmart, Kmart, Amazon, Sears and similar retailers, asking them to restrict online sales to New Yorkers.
This toy gun, a "Super Spy Style 35mm" available at Toyarsenal.com, would violate the New York state law because it does not bear a clear orange strip down the side. (Image source: 411toys.com)
"The letters, stemming from an ongoing investigation, call for retailers to immediately stop the in-store and online sale and shipment to New Yorkers of toy guns that violate New York State law pending the resolution of (the) investigation," the attorney general's office
The office instructed retailers to follow a state law that says sellers must ensure the toy guns aren't mistaken for functioning firearms -- specifically, the toy guns cannot be sold in "realistic" colors unless the barrel is clearly marked with a visible orange stripe.
"Some of the toy guns discovered during the investigation are advertised as “realistic looking” and “full size,” the office said in the release. "Since they lack the orange striping down both sides of the barrel as required under state law, these imitation assault rifles, shotguns, and pistols closely resemble dangerous weapons, and could be easily mistaken for real weapons by law enforcement and civilians alike."
In 2003, Walmart
agreed to pay a $200,000 fine
to settle a case alleging that the retailer was selling toy guns in violation of the NY state law. Schneiderman's renewed push follows the
death of a 12-year-old
Cleveland boy who was shot by police while on a playground brandishing the a realistic-looking toy gun.