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B-B Gun Bill Stalls in Assembly

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:53am

B-B guns often look the same as real guns. But a bill that stalled in an Assembly committee Tuesday would require them to look completely different.

Anyone want a bright pink B-B gun? How ’bout bright green, orange or red? That’s what you’d find at your local toy store if S-B 798 becomes law. It’s authored by Democratic Senator Kevin DeLeon. He says the current designs are so real, police officers often can’t tell the difference:

“They have to make a split-nanosecond decision: is that a real gun or is that a BB gun?” says DeLeon. “And we’ve had too many instances where kids have been killed.”

But opponents say the misperception question actually cuts the other way. Tom Pedersen with the California Rifle and Pistol Association says, “BB guns are not toys. We don’t really want individuals to think that they’re toys.”

The bill passed the Senate earlier this year, but now it’s stuck in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. It’s up for reconsideration next week.

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