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California lawmakers seek to ban imitation firearms

California lawmakers want to ban the manufacture and sale of imitation firearms like the one a 13-year-old boy was carrying when he was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy last month.

Legislation announced Friday would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be translucent or brightly colored so they’re not mistaken for real firearms, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

State and local officials announced the new legislative effort one month after a deputy shot and killed Andy Lopez. Deputy Erick Gelhaus reportedly mistook the boy’s BB gun for a real assault rifle.

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