AirTalk for November 25, 2013

California lawmaker calls for new regulations on toy guns

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Children play with a toy gun at the Liberty Festival on July 4, 2012 in Liberty, New York.

California State Senator, Kevin de Leon has announced plans to re-introduce a bill to modify replica guns.

It follows the accidental shooting of a 13-year old boy by a law enforcement officer in Santa Rosa last month.

Under the Imitation Firearms Safety Act, pellet, BB and other toy guns would be painted in bright colors to avoid confusion with real firearms weapons. A similar bill was introduced by de Leon in 2011, but failed to make it through the legislature.

Supporters of the proposal say it will help officers to quickly distinguish between real and imitation guns in high pressure situations. Airgun manufacturers argue that coloring imitation guns may impact on their business.

Do you allow your children to play with imitation guns? Would you feel more comfortable letting your little one play with a brightly colored toy gun? For adults who take part in role play games using imitation, would the fun be taken out of your pastime if the gun no longer looked real?

Guest:

Kevin de León, State Senator (D) representing California’s 22nd District  which includes the Cities of Los Angeles, Alhambra, Maywood, San Marino, South Pasadena, Vernon and parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County


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