New York Cracks Down On Illegal Toy Guns

3 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amazon, Kmart, agree to stop selling realistic toy guns in NY state.

NEW YORK — Retailers including Walmart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to keep realistic toy guns off their shelves in New York as part of a settlement with the state. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports, and demonstrates how police officers can easily make a tragic, split-second decision when faced with these realistic-looking firearms. Lawyer Common Eric Schneiderman tells The New York Occasions ( ) that the retailers additionally agreed to pay over $300,000 in penalties.

When Rossen drew a real-looking toy gun — and even when he simply waved one without pointing it at officers — they assumed the gun was real and reacted accordingly. Walmart will be on the hook for the bulk of the civil penalties, because it was found to have violated terms of a 2003 agreement to keep the toy guns in question out of the state.

Unable to detect the orange tip in a fast-escalating situation, three separate officers, using unloaded practice guns, decided to shoot Rossen when he came at them with the toy gun. The push to manage toy weapons has elevated since a Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November because the boy was holding a sensible airsoft gun.

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