Retailers to Pay New York $300000 in Toy Gun Settlement

3 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Five retailers including Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed to pay more than $300,000 to end a probe in New York into alleged sales of toy guns deemed too realistic.The attorney general of New York state has reached a settlement with some of the country’s biggest retailers — including Amazon, Kmart and —getting them to agree to stop selling realistic-looking toy guns statewide. 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. 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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