California Senate Bill 798 passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on March 26. This bill, if passed, prohibits, "...the sale, manufacture, transportation, receipt, or distribution of imitation firearms for commercial purposes," unless, "...the entire exterior surface of the device is
white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright
blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the
predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern,
as provided by federal regulations governing imitation firearms,
or where the entire device is constructed of transparent or
translucent materials which permits unmistakable observation of
the device's complete contents, as provided by federal regulations
governing imitation firearms."
This is another attempt to stomp on airsoft, and yet another attempt at the Governemnt parenting us. Please sing this petition and we'll let the California State Senate know that we will NOT stand by idely as our freedoms are stripped from us.
The real issue here is not the color of the bb gun, but rather the individual using it. The tragic case of the individual who was shot because he had a realistic bb gun is no different than others who have been shot, by mistake, over items as common as a cell phone. Making bb guns more toy-like in appearance may have the opposite effect in safety awareness among young users, their parents, or new users unfamiliar with bb gun or general gun safety.
The band-aid you are proposing will do nothing but infuriate the Citizens of this great state, force the closure of dozens California based businesses and corporations, and cause a significant decrease in state and city tax dollars. Current, unenforced laws on bb devices are ineffective due to the lack of gravity placed on these devices. SB798 will reduce the public regard for safety of these replica firearms even further.
Please regard the citizens, and law enforcement alike, of our state and withdraw SB798.