New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent cease and desist letters to major retailers like Wal-Mart, Amazon, K-Mart, Sears, and ToyArsenal telling them to stop selling toy guns to New Yorkers.
And of course, the major retailers caved immediately.
“Once this matter was brought to our attention we placed a shipping block on our website to prevent the mentioned items from being sent to the state of New York. We’re also confident that measures are in place to prevent these items from being sold at our New York stores,” Wal-Mart said in a statement.
“The safety of our customers is a top priority. We are in the process of immediately removing any non-compliant toy guns that are offered for sale by Sears or Kmart to New York consumers. We will fully cooperate with the New York Attorney General in its investigation,” Sears said in a statement.
Unless there is a one inch wide orange line running down both sides of the gun as well as the front end of the barrel, NY law prohibits the sell of realistic looking guns.
In a statement released by Schneiderman, he said, “When toy guns are mistaken for real guns, there can be tragic consequences. New York State law is clear: retailers cannot put children and law enforcement at risk by selling toy guns that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.”