Retailers to Pay New York $300,000 for Selling Toy Guns

NEW YORK (AP) -

Retailers including Wal-Mart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to halt the sales of realistic-looking toy guns in New York and to pay over $300,000 in penalties, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday.

Schneiderman’s office found that five retailers and their third-party sellers sold over 6,400 toy guns from 2012 to 2014 that violated New York laws. Most of the toys were sold online.

The deal requires those retailers to apply New York City’s strict standards to sales statewide. New York state prohibits the sale of black, blue, silver or aluminum toy guns; New York City requires that imitation guns be brightly colored.

The push to regulate toy guns has increased since a Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November as the boy was holding a realistic airsoft gun.