California lawmakers think they have an answer to the problem of toy guns looking real – make them only in bright colors.
The proposal is called the ‘Imitation Firearm Safety Act’ and is currently making the rounds in the state senate. It is a direct response to a spate of recent incidents involving police shooting children with toys that look like assault rifles.
The most recent incident involved Andy Lopez, 13, was shot dead Oct 22 by Santa Rosa Police while carrying a toy gun officers determined was a threat.
‘If officers would have seen a gun painted in pink, purple or orange, Andy might still be alive,’ State Senator Noreen Evans said in a statement announcing the bill.
‘This was a huge tragedy for our entire community.’
The teen’s BB gun would have fallen under the guidelines established by the new bill, should it be signed into law, and would have been a neon color instead of the dark brown that threw officers off.
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