Toy Look-Alike Guns

Adopted March 1989 – Revised February 2014 – Revised May 2020 – Community Concerns Commission

California State PTA believes that the safety and welfare of our children depend upon securing laws that protect them, whenever possible, from death, serious accidents and injury.

California State PTA is concerned that toy guns have been manufactured to look like machine guns, semi-automatics and revolvers, and is alarmed that deaths have occurred when toy guns were mistaken for real guns and when real guns are mistaken for toy guns.

Federal regulation requires toy guns to be transparent or have a predominant color chosen from an approved list, have a blaze orange band at the muzzle or have an orange plug in the muzzle end of the barrel. State and local imitation firearm statutes generally define Imitation weapon to mean: “Any device or object made of plastic, wood, metal or any other material which substantially duplicates or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm, air rifle, pellet gun, or “B-B” gun, excluding non-firing replicas of an antique firearm, the original of which was designed, manufactured and produced prior to eighteen hundred ninety-eight.”

California State PTA supports:

  • The current ban on the manufacture and sale of look-alike toy guns and urges its members to continue to be aware of legislation that might repeal or dilute this ban.

California State PTA urges:

  • Its unit, council and district PTAs to participate in public education about this ban and its importance to the safety of our children; and
  • Its unit, council and district PTAs to monitor their local toy stores to determine if they are in compliance with this ban.

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