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

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.

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