An LAPD officer shoots a 13-year-old holding a pellet gun, and this is the Golden State legislature’s response:
An NRA-ILA alert – California SB 798, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin De León (D-22), passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee by a 5 to 2 vote and is now awaiting third reading in the full Senate. This bill would treat air and BB guns the same as a toy gun by requiring the entire exterior surface of the device to be white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, right pink, or bright purple as the predominate color. BB guns are not toys and should not be treated as or manufactured like a toy . . .
The California legislature are mandating that all pellet and Airsoft guns be painted in Day-Glo colors to help cops distinguish lethal from less-than-lethal firearms. What could possibly go wrong? I know!
It certainly doesn’t take a lot of effort (something criminals do by nature, otherwise, “Cube-T” would already be working and a productive citizen to society) to duracoat (cerakote) a real gun with a brightly colored finish. A cop sees a “toy gun” and lowers their guard (just enough) to be shot in the head by Johnny (Jose, Jamal, etc.) Perp.
Did anyone think to teach 13-year-olds not to point the gun or make furtive gestures around the police? That’s a less expensive option. We could also go with simple Darwinism. But again, a gun is a gun is a gun, right?
Anything that launches a small object at a relatively high velocity in a generally straight direction is not a toy. People wear safety glasses around these items for a reason. Owners should follow the four rules of safety: Loaded, Brain, Finger, Muzzle – or LBFM. (I know the real rules, this I can remember.)
Back to the law. It will do nothing to save children from being shot. Don’t even try that “well, if it saves just one life…” argument. That is a crap. If we lived our lives under that rule, we would all be limited to 5 MPH in our cars. It is a question risk and reward. The risk is pretty low and the reward is non-existent.