Lawmakers Seek to Ban Imitation Firearms

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Two California lawmakers want to ban the sale of imitation firearms like the one a 13-year-old boy was carrying when he was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy last month.

Legislation announced Friday would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be translucent or brightly colored so they're not mistaken for real firearms.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ( reports the bill is co-authored by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. In 2011, de León introduced similar legislation that was opposed by gun-rights advocates.

State and local officials announced the new legislative effort on Friday, one month after a deputy shot and killed Andy Lopez, who was carrying a BB gun that looked like an assault rifle.

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