Cruz to introduce legislation banning sale of toy guns

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 10 – Citing the inherent danger to police and civilians, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is collecting co-sponsors for legislation that would outlaw the sale of toy or imitation firearms unless constructed in a way that they obviously do not resemble real firearms.

“In a situation where someone is defending themselves against a perceived threat, the determination as to whether a gun is real or fake needs to be made within a split second,” Cruz said. “Unfortunately, with how lifelike toy guns have become, that decision is not easily made and can have life-altering consequences for both parties.”

In Philadelphia between 2007 and 2013, at least 16 people carrying toy or imitation firearms were shot by Philadelphia police. Twelve states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as numerous large cities throughout the country, have enacted legislation restricting the sale or use of toy and imitation firearms.

“Our police force has a tough enough job without having to worry about encountering someone with a toy gun and making the wrong decision in only a second’s time,” Cruz said. “There should be no need for the loss of life over a misunderstanding, and I hope my fellow legislators will agree and help turn this legislation into law.”