BB guns would get bright colors under CA bill

4:07 PM, May 9, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- Manufacturers would have to make BB guns in bright colors so they could more easily be distinguished from real guns, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, introduced the bill after numerous tragedies in which police mistakenly shot people carrying BB guns.

His bill, SB 798, is patterned on a law requiring that imitation firearms be made in bright colors to avoid the same problem.

Several Republican senators objected, saying state government is going too far. Sen. Joel Anderson, R-La Mesa, wondered if the next step will be regulating the sticks that youngsters pick up and pretend are guns.

The bill passed Monday on a 21-16 vote and now goes to the Assembly.

The Associated Press

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