NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers including Walmart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to keep realistic toy guns off their shelves in New York as part of a settlement with the state.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1SVmvPm ) that the retailers also agreed to pay over $300,000 in penalties. He is set to announce the agreement Monday.
Schneiderman’s office found that over 6,400 toy guns sold from 2012 to 2014 violated New York laws. New York is among a handful of states that introduced legislation in 2015 to create or amend toy gun laws.
The push to regulate toy guns has increased since a Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November as the boy was holding a realistic airsoft gun.
New York state law prohibits the sale of black, blue, silver or aluminum toy guns. New York City requires that imitation guns be brightly colored or translucent.