The California State Senate has passed a bill requiring B.B. guns and other imitation firearms sold in the state to be painted, or otherwise marked in a way that clearly identifies them as fake. State Senator Kevin De León says his bill could help keep people from being shot.
“The measure has the ability to change the course of some young man or woman’s life and not be shot tragically by mistaken identity," says De Leon.
The bill is a response to the shooting death of a Santa Rosa teenager last year. He was shot by police when he pointed a realistic looking rifle at them. Opponents say criminals could paint their guns to fool law enforcement. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk.