Senators Don’t Want You Buying Toy Guns

A Connecticut Democrat wants parents to pump the brakes on buying toy guns until a bill he has introduced to make them more readily recognizable passes Congress.

Joining Hartford Police and staff at St. Francis Hospital, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal last week described his pending legislation as a simple fix aimed at keeping the public and law enforcement safe. But until it makes it to law, he wants parents to take action on their own to keep toy guns out of their houses.

“What’s important here is parents demonstrating responsibility by stopping any purchases of these guns right away until either the gun manufacturers change their practices to make it safer voluntarily, or for my law to be adopted,” said Blumenthal as reported by the New Haven Register. “Until imitation guns are made safer, parents should stop buying them.”

The lawmaker’s Imitation Firearms Safety Act was filed earlier this month as S.2150 and, though the bill’s language is not available, Blumenthal’s office stresses that it would place new restrictions on toys to include a brightly marked barrel that cannot be removed.

Federal law has, since 1988, required that imitation firearms and toys have a permanently affixed blaze orange plug inserted in the barrel and limits the sale of BB guns and similar devices to minors.

That has not stopped states from passing their own, more stringent, requirements on airsoft, air guns and toys made to resemble firearms in recent years that exceed federal mandates.

A similar measure to Blumenthal’s bill, proposed by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calf., last session, garnered no co-sponsors.

The new legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

source: guns.com

  • Alan404

    Seems strange that with all the problems this country faces, that such highly paid “public servants” appear at a loss for real work to do, at least it so appears to me.

  • Gary Kowalewski

    If these Liberal Head Cases focus on real issues and sponsor real Legislation on real issues that may help America and earn some of their over paid salaries They need to be voted out of office Clearly They have no Real idea of what their jobs are.

  • Buckeye conservative

    Maybe an idea that has some good points – – better to buy the kids real guns and teach them safety. (Just mostly kidding)

    • Ethan

      Why kid around–it makes sense to me.

    • lummi

      No reason to kid about it. The kids in our family are around guns from the day they arrive from the hospital, and their education starts as soon as they are able to crawl. By kindergarten, most of the are learning on single-shot .22s, and continue to learn gun safety, shooting skills from then on. My grand niece was the top pistol shot in her Navy boot camp company, and my 12 year old grandson recently completed building his own AR 15. The problem isn’t with kids having guns, toy or otherwise. The problem is stupid liberals who continue to demonize guns and anyone associated with them. But they have no problems with grade school kids learning about condoms and safe sex, and 15 year olds getting abortions without parental approval, but let a 5-year old point his finger and say “bang”, and it’s time to call the tactical squad. Trying to get a school to allow the NRA’s Eddie Eagle firearms safety program to be offered is like suggesting that you are recruiting for the Hitler Youth.

      • Buckeye conservative

        Your family sounds wonderful. . . the future of the USA

      • coolman11

        Too bad I was never adopted by a family like yours, just kidding my parents were scared to death liberal when came to guns and I begged till I was 18 just for a .22, a church member took me shooting real guns when i was 14, then without my parents knowing I bought an SKS, and it’s grown from there. I really didn’t start shooting till I was well on my own and on my feet now I’m good with my gen1 Glock 17 out to 100 yds, and can split a playing card in two from 15yds.

        • lummi

          My family members believe if you actually know how many guns you have, then you don’t have enough. As a rule we discuss our guns only with people who share our interest. At the same time, we quietly laugh at those who rant and rave about “NRA gun nuts that cause mass shootings” etc, and then go on to tell us what fine kids we have, and how proud we must be at their school achievements, church work, etc. My Grandfather often said that to reason with a mule, you may have to smack him the head with a 2X4 first, just to get him to pay attention. With the rabid anti-gunners, I think it might require something like an I-beam. Congratulations on being able to join the “brotherhood’, but be warned. There’s growing “sisterhood” of shooters who can make the brothers look sort of inept!

          PS: If you want to have some real fun with your Glock, look into a Mech-Teck carbine conversion unit. In minutes you have a nice carbine, which quickly converts back into a pistol. Add a 30 round mag, and let the good times begin!

    • Tom

      I have a granddaughter that was dead set on not having her children receive toy guns for Christmas or birthday presents, or at least she was that way at one time, I’m not real close to her any more so I don’t know what her feelings are any longer. But I definitely believe in teaching children of a certain age to respect guns and learn how to use them, because I am a life member of the NRA, and I will always carry a concealed handgun and have had a CHL since year 2000, and never used my weapon, but I think it is a lot better to have a weapon and not use it, that need a weapon and not have one. I also think that if you carry a weapon you should also carry legal insurance, just in case you have to defend yourself ( I have over a million dollars worth of insurance) And I think people (sane people) need to have a weapon and know how to use it safely.

  • americanpatriot

    as a kid we played cops and robber and cowboy and indian…….funny thing have never or wanted to shoot anyone.GO FIGURE

    • Tom

      That’s the thing that Democrats want to accomplish or at least that’s what I thought Obama wanted to do, he wanted to unarm the American population and then become our Dictator and as much as admitted it when he was trying to run for a third term.

  • Estell Newton

    A democrat actually said something I’ve been saying for years. Toy guns are not a good idea. My kids didn’t have them. I’m in favor of teaching kids what real guns are for–hunting animals to feed the family.

    • Tom

      Be careful about what you say about guns just be for killing animals, I saw a movie one time that said that mass murders, start out by killing dogs and cats until they work their way up to murdering people.

      • Estell Newton

        I also read that most of them have right frontal lobe brain damage which my son has. I think playing with toy guns has more to do with it than killing animals. When kids play with toy guns they for some reason don’t always distinguish between the two. Plus they have anger in them that doesn’t show up until they snap. We should always be allowed to keep our guns. But if you are going to allow your kids to play with toy guns, use it as a teaching aid.

        • Tom

          I agree, I never did disrespect my Granddaughters wishs, but I did have different thoughts on playing with toy guns, thank you for your insight on this issue, I never did think about a brain damaged child, but I can certainly understand a child like that having a problem. The brain is a delicate organ and needs special attention, actually more than I can comprehend, guess I was lucky and didn’t ever have a child that I knew of that had that problem, and I am glad that you were able to have that diagnosis on your son, because he needs special attention, I hope he is doing alright now. Only Doctor”s with special training can help in situations like your sons, thanks for your input and best wishes for your family.

  • Terry Butts

    So bright colors and shapes that no real gun resembles (if one actually has seen real guns) is not enough?

    Despite the BLAZE orange part that has been required on toy guns for years as well as making the entire toy another color that have been used to show they are toys the currant ANTI GUN atmosphere politicians have created where even a pop tart with the corner bitten off looks like a gun to the PARANOID anti gun groups there is nothing short of making them a straight stick that will work to make them look like toys. When they are so ignorant about real guns they are even calling the police with “man with a gun” reports over repair technicians using BRIGHT ORANGE cordless screwdrivers to open panels this bill will make no difference.

    Educating people to know the difference between someone who is actually a threat and someone who just POSSESSES a gun would do far better.

    The INSTANT VIOLENT response over just seeing a gun without paying attention to what is actually going on is a bigger problem than being able to EASILY see if it is a toy or not because if it is HOLSTERED or pointed at the ground it makes no difference if it is real or a toy it is not being used to threaten anyone or a danger to anyone.

    Even police officers have been shot by other officers because of this INSTANT REACTION to the mere SIGHT of a gun with no regards to the situation of why they have it or what they are doing with it ESPECIALLY in a nation where it is CONSTITUTIONAL for everyone (unless prohibited by DUE PROCESS OF LAW) to have and possess one to defend themselves with.

  • Ethan

    Boy am I lucky! I was a kid before the quivering, quaking, lily-livered, pansy liberals took over. My cap pistol looked just like Colt 6 shooter.

  • tomnchrist

    Parents should love their children enough not to buy them real looking toy guns. In today’s high number of gun crimes and gun deaths, it is very likely that someone could shoot the child as a possible mass shooter.
    But on the other side of the coin, if they do could be self ethnically cleansing.

  • Ursus_Indomitus

    Screw you, Blumenthal. You and your ilk won’t be happy until you can make it illegal to get out of bed.

    • Tom

      Only for Republicans, LOL.

  • Blakbonus

    I have a granddaughter that was dead set on not having her children receive toy guns for Christmas or birthday presents, or at least she was that way at one time, I’m not real close to her any more so I don’t know what her feelings are any longer. But I definitely believe in teaching children of a certain age to respect guns and learn how to use them, because I am a life member of the NRA, and I will always carry a concealed handgun and have had a CHL since year 2000, and never used my weapon, but I think it is a lot better to have a weapon and not use it, that need a weapon and not have one

  • Lilian Hubert

    That’s the thing that Democrats want to accomplish or at least that’s what I thought Obama wanted to do, he wanted to unarm the American population and then become our Dictator and as much as admitted it when he was trying to run for a third term.