Retailers to Pay New York $300000 in Toy Gun Settlement

3 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

The attorney general is slated to announce today settlements with five retailers, including some industry giants, for selling toy guns that don’t fit state appearance requirements. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1SVmvPm ) that the retailers also agreed to pay over $300,000 in penalties. 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. Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to the merchants last year after finding that they were violating the ban mostly by failing to prevent illegal toys bought online from being shipped to customers in the state.

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. Schneiderman is expected to announce that Walmart will pay the bulk of the fines ($225,000) because it violated a similar 2003 agreement with the AG’s office. The push to regulate toy guns has increased since a Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November as the boy was holding a realistic airsoft gun. 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.

Imitation weapons colored other than black, blue, silver or aluminum, and marked with an orange stripe on the front and sides of the barrel are exempted.

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