Toy Guns Banned in New York

Because guns = bad.

Three dozen online retailers will no longer be able to sell realistic-looking toy guns in New York, according to PressConnects.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement this week with 30 online toy gun retailers who sell their products through Amazon.com. Through Amazon, those retailers sold over 5,000 “imitation weapons” - toy guns that look real - in New York that are illegal because they did not meet state safety standards.

In August, Schneiderman had announced an agreement with Amazon.com, Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and California-based ACTA for them to stop selling imitation toy guns. They also had to pay a $300,000 fine.

The agreement requires the sellers to offer only toy guns that are colored entirely white or bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink or purple. New York City law requires toy guns to be entirely brightly colored, but state law only requires bright markings on the sides and tip of the gun barrel.

“When toy guns are mistaken for real guns, there can be tragic consequences,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “New York state law prohibits the sale of imitation weapons that closely resemble real guns.”

The 30 retailers - the names of which were not disclosed - will have to pay $27,650 in fines and penalties to the state.

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