Phila. Council Moves Toward Tougher Penalties For Selling Realistic Toy Guns

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CBS Philly

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A City Council committee today approved two bills aimed at reducing the chance that a police officer might accidently shoot a child holding a fake gun.

One measure restricts the sale of toy guns in the city unless the toy is brightly colored.

Testifying in support was Capt. Francis Healy of the Philadelphia Police Department, who says some toy guns are far too realistic.

“I’ve seen some AR-15-looking type of toys.  I know my guns a little bit, and I have to look twice to see what they are,” he said.

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(Capt. Francis Healy testfies.  Image from City of Phila. TV) (Capt. Francis Healy testfies. Image from City of Phila. TV)

Also approved in Council’s public safetey committee was a bill that increases the fines for stores that sell BB guns, whose sale is already banned in the city.

Healy said a BB gun aimed at an officer could lead to tragedy:

“The…

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