SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers has stalled in the state Assembly.
SB199 failed to get majority support on two initial votes Tuesday. It can be reconsidered later in the evening.
Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon introduced the bill after two California teenagers were shot by law enforcement officers confusing toy guns for real ones. It would apply only to certain airsoft guns, while exempting other BB and pellet guns.
Republican lawmakers and former Assembly Speaker John Perez, a Democrat, say regulating the guns’ color is ineffective. They say real guns are already sold in bright colors and that criminals could paint their weapons to confuse police.