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senate Bill S. 213

Should All Imitation Firearms Have To Be Brightly Colored?

Argument in favor

12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot in November 2014, by police who mistakenly thought he was holding a real gun. It was a realistic black airsoft gun. If this toy were more visibly harmless, perhaps he would still be alive.

Elinor's Opinion
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03/24/2015
Really? Have you people no idea of real firearms' colors? They too have many bright colors. So now a cop is supposed to be forced to decide if the bright color is that of a firearm or a toy. When will you politicians figure out how little you know?
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Crescente's Opinion
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03/08/2015
Hurting the imitation firearm industry should not be on our worry list at all. Who cares except those who profit from it. I say yes, make all toy firearms look like toys.
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Rene's Opinion
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03/07/2015
Police should be able to establish at a glance that a toy gun is a toy gun. This prevents children from being accidentally killed and police from suffering for a life-time from knowing they killed an innocent child. You do, of course need to place in the law that real firearms may not be painted the same shades as the toys.
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Argument opposed

Current law around imitation firearms is adequate. Painting all "toy guns" bright colors will only give the general public and police officers a false sense of safety — and hurt the imitation firearm industry.

DamonKY's Opinion
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03/06/2015
if i paint a real gun orange than we are in trouble
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Stephanie's Opinion
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05/22/2015
We've had toy gums as long as real guns, but only recently experienced such an upturn in unnecessary deaths. The problem is not the toy but the cops. They have increasingly developed a "shoot first, ask questions later" attitude and created a war zone of our country. Cops used to use deadly force as a last resort. Now, they see a gun and they shoot. Fix the cops, not the toys!
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Loraki's Opinion
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09/26/2016
I have to agree with those who point out that REAL firearms can also be painted to look like toy weapons! [And to Countable member Aidan-WC: I read your bio! Nice of you to introduce yourself and tell us a bit more about why you vote the way you do. A Republican living in NY?! I can relate, because the state I moved to 16 years ago is considerably more liberal than I'd like! I've stayed as long as I have, hoping I could help make a change for the better, but now I'm thinking about moving back to TEXAS! Anyway, good luck to you and keep fighting for truth, justice, and the American way! ;-) ]
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What is Senate Bill S. 213?

This bill would require the exterior of all imitation firearms (specifically toy guns) to be painted a brightly colored orange or similar fluorescent shade to distinguish them from real firearms.  


Introduced in response to the killings of several young men — including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, 13-year-old Andy Lopez, and 22-year-old John Crawford — who were all shot and killed by police while holding toy look-alike weapons. Law enforcement officers in all cases mistakenly took the imitation firearms for real weapons.


This bill would allow for the Secretary of Commerce and Consumer Product Safety Commission to regulate the manufacturing of all look-alike weapons to have an easily distinguishable paint color. 


Under current law, only the tip of toy guns must be painted bright orange. That distinguishing feature has proven to be easy to remove. Even so, proponents of the bill claim that even the orange tip is not visible enough for police officers to differentiate imitations from real guns in a matter of seconds.

Impact

People who use imitation firearms, manufacturers and producers of those products, law enforcement officers, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 213

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth:

This bill would also redefine look-alike guns to include toy guns, water guns, replica non-guns, airsoft guns firing nonmetallic projectiles, traditional B-B guns, and pellet-firing air guns. The bill would distinguish look-alike weapons from paintball guns and antique weapons. As Sponsoring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) noted in a press release

“No child should ever die because a police officer or anyone else mistakes a toy gun for a real weapon. This legislation will protect our kids and help law enforcement by making sure that imitation firearms cannot be mistaken for real firearms.”

In opposition to this bill, a spokesperson for APS Limited noted: 

“By painting airsoft devices in neon colors, we would be giving law enforcement and the general public a false sense of security ... Mandating that airsoft devices be brightly colored would essentially kill the market in the state, causing the loss of jobs and economic activity statewide.“


Of Note: 

A similar bill, the Imitation Firearm Safety Act, was passed in California in 2014 and goes into effect in January 2016. This bill was in direct response to the shooting of Andy Lopez, who was killed by local police while carrying a toy gun made up to look like an AK-47 in Sonoma county. Following suit, Ohio State Assemblywoman Alicia Rice is writing a similar law based on the Imitation Firearm Safety Act: John Crawford’s Law


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Press Release

Ben Swann

Breitbart (Context)

(Photo Credit: "Nerf (5697272271)" by Helgi Halldórsson from Reykjavík, Iceland - Nerf. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

AKA

Look-Alike Weapons Safety Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to improve requirements for entering into commerce of imitation firearms, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


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      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedJanuary 21st, 2015
    Really? Have you people no idea of real firearms' colors? They too have many bright colors. So now a cop is supposed to be forced to decide if the bright color is that of a firearm or a toy. When will you politicians figure out how little you know?
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    if i paint a real gun orange than we are in trouble
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    We've had toy gums as long as real guns, but only recently experienced such an upturn in unnecessary deaths. The problem is not the toy but the cops. They have increasingly developed a "shoot first, ask questions later" attitude and created a war zone of our country. Cops used to use deadly force as a last resort. Now, they see a gun and they shoot. Fix the cops, not the toys!
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    Police should be able to establish at a glance that a toy gun is a toy gun. This prevents children from being accidentally killed and police from suffering for a life-time from knowing they killed an innocent child. You do, of course need to place in the law that real firearms may not be painted the same shades as the toys.
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    Hurting the imitation firearm industry should not be on our worry list at all. Who cares except those who profit from it. I say yes, make all toy firearms look like toys.
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    I have to agree with those who point out that REAL firearms can also be painted to look like toy weapons! [And to Countable member Aidan-WC: I read your bio! Nice of you to introduce yourself and tell us a bit more about why you vote the way you do. A Republican living in NY?! I can relate, because the state I moved to 16 years ago is considerably more liberal than I'd like! I've stayed as long as I have, hoping I could help make a change for the better, but now I'm thinking about moving back to TEXAS! Anyway, good luck to you and keep fighting for truth, justice, and the American way! ;-) ]
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    More stupid laws as gang banger will just paint their real guns orange. Liberals are so freaking stupid
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    The problem is, I believe current laws require that toy guns be painted with a bright orange tip to signify that they are toys. There have already been cases of real guns painted with this bright orange tip and causing trouble. Painting the whole toy gun bright colors isn't going to do anything but cost someone an extra can a spray paint if they want to cause mischief with a real firearm.
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    This matter would simply put industries that have manufactured millions of valuable consumer products that are black that are indeed imitation Guns out of business not having the ability to make a sufficient profit. I HAVE JUST ADDED A NEW BIO TAKE A GLANCE AT IT WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE
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    What happens then when killers paint their firearms bright colours?
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    Absolutely. Keep the kids playing with them from getting shot with real guns.
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    Cops have shot plenty of unarmed citizens too but we don't need to wear shirts that read "not a gun owner". Perhaps they should receive better training and talk before shooting.
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    While it doesn't stop gun violence or even potential accidents, helping progress the gun safety conversation is vital and a solid stepping stone to better laws in the future that hopefully involve more nonviolent training for officers.
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    It's a simple change that can save lives.
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    This would cause both citizens and the authorities to judge situations incorrectly more easily. Someone could simply paint a real gun a bright color and say it's fake. This would give everyone a false sense of security that anyone wielding a brightly colored gun shaped object is not a threat.
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    It's not difficult to paint a bright orange gun black if your intent is to deceive.
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    It would be way too easy for someone to brightly color an AK-47 and walk into a bank or near the White House and start shooting.
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    Just last week a kid saved his mother from two attackers who wanted to steal the money they made during a garage sale with a fake gun. It's all about responsibility. http://www.clickorlando.com/news/facebook-furniture-post-leads-to-attempted-home-invasion-in-deland
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    That would be better for officers to stop shooting children
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    What a great idea, except it may increase sales of Black Spray Cans. Just a side question, do orange colored guns kill people like black guns? The answer is NONE. Only people using guns, kill people.
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