California toying with toy gun ban
November 25, 2013
California lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill calling for a ban on certain replica guns. [SacramentoBee]
In October, Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez, who was carrying a replica AK-47 in a Santa Rosa field. The deputies fired several rounds from their handguns, striking the boy multiple times.
On Friday, Senators Kevin de Leon and Noreen Evans and Assembly members Wesley Chesbro, Marc Levine and Mariko Yamada announced plans for a bill targeting replica guns. The group of legislators made the announcement outside the Santa Rosa courthouse.
The proposed legislation would require BB, pellet, airsoft and other replica guns to be brightly colored so they are not mistaken for real guns.
California lawmakers return to Sacramento for the next legislative session in January.