Bill Offered to Curb Realistic Toy Guns

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A bill to make it a felony to manufacture, distribute or sell toy guns that look like real weapons was introduced Wednesday in the Senate.

Citing cases nationwide of fake guns used in crimes and of police shooting at children waving realistic looking toy guns, Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) introduced his measure to crack down on the $200-million-a-year business of selling such toys.

His bill would make it a felony instead of a misdemeanor to threaten anyone with a firearm replica, and would ban the sale and distribution of replica guns beginning Jan. 1.

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