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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Banning Toy Guns to Protect Children and the Police

From Dallas's proposed law may restrict the sale of realistic-looking toy guns and outlaw children from playing with them in public. It may also require that toy guns be brightly colored or clear plastic. The ordinance is being reviewed by city attorneys and will be discussed Aug. 7 by the city's Public Safety Committee. It is expected to be approved by the City Council in August.

Similar ordinances have been passed in Plano, Carrollton, and Highland Park in recent years. Replica weapons are banned in Baltimore; Hartford, Conn.; and Akron, Ohio.

"This was mind-boggling to me ... I didn't realize we had these realistic-looking toy guns on our streets," said Dallas City Council member Mitchell Rasansky. "They're dangerous, and they're a disaster just waiting to happen." Mr. Rasansky and other Dallas officials believe banning the sale and display of the fake weapons would help protect children and police.  Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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