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September 17, 2012
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Officer-involved shootings in Calif. set off fake gun debate

Hyper realistic-looking replica guns are a problem for law enforcement, but not unusual

By Jessica A. York
VallejoTimes-Herald

VALLEJO, Calif. — For gun lovers and criminals alike, replica gun manufacturers' trend toward ever-more realistic-looking guns is a boon.

In California, while "Airsoft" guns are sold with bright orange muzzle markings, full-body colored paint or clear, BB and pellet guns are exempt from special paint requirements, because, manufacturers say, they are not toys and should not be marked as such.

Full story: Officer-involved shootings in Calif. set off fake gun debate






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