Ark. Senate OKs ban on sale of toy guns that look real

Toy%20Gun%20Ban Ark. Senate OKs ban on sale of toy guns that look realI remember when I was a kid growing up in the Eighties, there never seemed to be an issue with kids playing with toy guns. Even the local convenience store sold those little cap guns. However, people have become increasingly concerned about kids playing with toy guns.

Most of the outcries are the result of accidental shootings involving kids shooting other kids. However, an increasing number of children have been shot by the police while yielding these toy guns.

Thanks to my friend, Sean, I’ve learned how Arkansas is attempting to do something about this:

“LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Senate has approved a ban on the sale of realistic-looking toy guns after stripping from the title the name of a West Memphis boy fatally shot by police.

By a 20-6 vote, the Senate approved the measure to prohibit the sale of play guns that are designed to look like the real thing. Sen. Tracy Steele, the bill’s Senate sponsor, said the measure merely mirrors what’s already in federal law.

The House had approved the measure, which was originally named the DeAunta Farrow Imitation Firearms Act, after the West Memphis boy who was fatally shot by a police officer who said the boy was holding a gun. But the bill’s sponsor agreed to remove the boy’s name from the bill after complaints from the family, who dispute police accounts that DeAunta was holding a toy weapon.

The boy was shot to death in 2007 and a civil lawsuit is pending.” Source: KSMF

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
  • Oldeskule

    I imagine the officer involved was wearing body armor and the child wasn’t. Not taking chances is one thing but exercising good judgment is another. I believe the officer was more afraid for his life than interested in “disarming” the child.