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