This bill would require the exterior of all imitation firearms (specifically toy guns) to be painted a brightly colored orange or similar fluorescent shade to distinguish them from real firearms.
Introduced in response to the killings of several young men — including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, 13-year-old Andy Lopez, and 22-year-old John Crawford — who were all shot and killed by police while holding toy look-alike weapons. Law enforcement officers in all cases mistakenly took the imitation firearms for real weapons.
This bill would allow for the Secretary of Commerce and Consumer Product Safety Commission to regulate the manufacturing of all look-alike weapons to have an easily distinguishable paint color.
Under current law, only the tip of toy guns must be painted bright orange. That distinguishing feature has proven to be easy to remove. Even so, proponents of the bill claim that even the orange tip is not visible enough for police officers to differentiate imitations from real guns in a matter of seconds.