Confused Cali. State Senator Kevin de Leon Calls for Mandated Bright Colors on Toy Guns
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You remember Kevin de Leon from last week, don’t you? Sure you do. The senator made a bit of a fool of himself when he tried to hold a press conference on “ghost guns” and pretty much said nonsensical things for 10 minutes straight (watch the video below if you’ve never seen it).
Now the anti-gun state senator is back in the news again. This is because his bill to mandate that all toy guns, bb guns and Airsoft guns to be painted bright colors to differentiate them from real firearms. I guess no one has told the senator about the current Duracoat and Cerakote fads and gun owners painting their very real guns every color under the sun (and some newly invented colors).
More “feel good” legislation that in actuality won’t do a damn thing except confuse even more people. Here is the press release from his website.
SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved the Imitation Firearms Safety Act (SB 199) by Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) which requires BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be painted bright colors to help law enforcement spot them when they are confronted with youngsters playing with firearms. The vote was 22 yes – 8 noes.
“Toy guns are deliberately made to look like real firearms which has led to fatal confusion for officers and tragic consequences for families,” said Senator De Leόn. “Painting toy guns bright colors will make them harder to mistake for real firearms.
In 2011, Senator De Leόn authored SB 798 to require BB guns to be painted a bright color to make them more obvious to law enforcement. The measure was sponsored by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.
There have been several law-enforcement related shooting deaths of teenagers where toy firearms have been mistaken for real weapons. In October 2013 13-year old Andy Lopez was shot and killed while playing with a mock AK-47 which law enforcement mistook for a real weapon. The original bill was in response to an incident where another 13-year old, Rohayent Gomez, in Los Angeles was tragically shot and left a paraplegic when police mistook his replica firearm for a real weapon.
Supporters of the bill include the City of Los Angeles, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, and Sonoma County District Attorney.
The bill is joint-authored by Senators Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis), and coauthored by Assemblymembers Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast), Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), and Mariko Yamada (D-Davis). – See more at: http://sd22.senate.ca.gov/news/2014-01-28-release-senate-approves-imitation-firearms-safety-act-toy-guns-deadly-consequences#sthash.oBPPQWeh.dpuf
And here is the original video of this guy from last week,