Enacted on Tuesday, a new law bars New York retailers from selling replica firearms that are black, blue, silver, or aluminum-colored and resemble actual firearms too closely.
According to the new law, all toy weapons must be “white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, bright purple, or be made entirely of transparent or translucent materials.” Exceptions to the ban on guns of other colors are allowed for situations like theatrical productions.
According to the memo, toy guns have been involved in at least 63 shootings statewide – eight of which were fatal – since 1994. This being said, Federal law already requires all toy guns transported or imported in the US to have an orange tip or a stripe on both sides of the barrel, though exceptions are made for airsoft guns and paintball guns.
“Restricting these realistic-looking devices will ensure misleading and potentially dangerous devices are off our streets, keeping kids, law enforcement, and all New Yorkers safe,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement.
After successfully passing the legislature with bipartisan support, the new law will take effect in 90 days.