Friday, January 1, 2010
Effective January 1, 2010, Arkansas has banned "imitation firearms" or toy guns.
The statute, Act 1495, defines an "imitation firearm" as
a toy that is identical in appearance to an original firearm that was manufactured,designed, and produced after 1898, including only:
(1) Air-soft guns firing nonmetallic projectiles;
(2) Replica nonguns; and
(3) Water guns
"Imitation firearm" does not include:
(1) A nonfiring, collector replica of an antique firearm developed before 1898;
(2) Traditional BB, paintball, or pellet-firing air guns that expel a projectile through the force of air pressure; or
(3) A device:
(A) For which an orange solid plug or marking is permanently affixed to the muzzle end of the barrel for a depth of not more than six millimeters (6 mm);
(B) For which the entire exterior surface is predominately colored other than black, brown, blue, silver, or metallic;or
(C) That is constructed of transparent or translucent materials that permit unmistakable observation of the complete contents of the device.
Perhaps this will be the next Second Amendment challenge after McDonald v. City of Chicago?