Politics & Policy

You Can Now Go to Jail for Having a Toy Gun in Atlantic City

Say hello to his little friend. (Eugenepartyzan/Dreamstime)
Exceptions made for fluorescent-colored guns.

Atlantic City’s city council just unanimously voted to ban selling or owning “realistic-looking” toy guns.

The ordinance bans the “sale, possession or use of any imitation firearms . . . which aren’t bright, fluorescent colors or transparent,” according to an article published in the Press of Atlantic City.

Anyone caught with an illegal toy gun can face a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.

The council pushed for the law because cops told them that real-looking fake guns are frequently used in robbery attempts.

The law had already required all toy guns to have red caps on them to signify that they’re not real.

The fake-gun ban also makes an exception for “non-firing antiques” and “film props.”

Police lieutenant James Sarkos initiated the legislation.

— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.

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