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NY AG cracks down on toy guns that look real

Posted at 9:33 AM, Dec 18, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-13 09:33:54-05

New York's attorney general wants retailers to stop selling toy guns that are nearly indistinguishable from real firearms.

Eric Schneiderman's office announced Thursday that letters were sent to Walmart, Amazon, K-Mart and Sears telling them to follow a state law intended to ensure that toy guns aren't mistaken for the real thing.

The law says toy guns cannot be sold in realistic colors unless they bear an orange stripe on the barrel.

Schneiderman's office says the toys were sold online, and in one case, at a Rochester-area K-Mart.

A Walmart spokesman says the company will work with Schneiderman to ensure compliance. Messages left with K-Mart, Sears and Amazon Wednesday were not immediately returned.

Schneiderman's move comes after a 12-year-old Ohio boy with a pellet gun was fatally shot by police.