New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman placed a cease and desist order on major retailers for carrying realistic looking toy guns and assault weapons, as reported by ecommerce Bytes. Letters were sent to Wal-Mart, Amazon, Sears, K-Mart, Toy Arsenal among others. While the law is in New York state, ecommerce is affected, because these companies can be prevented from selling realistic looking guns to customers located in the state.
In New York, it is forbidden to use gun in “gun colors” such as black and aluminum unless there is orange striping on the side. Four people have been shot since 1997 and one child injured because police officers mistook toy guns for real weapons. The recent renewal of emphasis on the issue by Schneiderman comes at a time when there is increased attention on the behavior of police and on news that a 12 year old was shot in Cleveland by a police officer when the child’s gun was thought to have been real.
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Schneiderman said in an announcement, “New York State law is clear; retailers cannot put children and law enforcement at risk by selling toy guns that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.”