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New York Settles with Online Toy Gun Retailers

The State of New York has settled with 30 online retailers who used Amazon.com to sell realistic looking toy guns.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced settlement agreements with 30 online retailers from across the country that sold illegal toy guns to consumers in New York State. These toy guns violate a state law that prohibits the sale of imitation weapons, which are toy guns that look too much like real guns.

The investigation revealed that Amazon.com operated a third partly retail platform where sellers can offer their products for sale and take orders to ship products into New York. The Attorney General sent cease and desist letters to the sellers in July to immediately stop their illegal operations and now has entered into settlements with 30 companies to permanently change their business practices in New York.

“When toy guns are mistaken for real guns, there can be tragic consequences,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “New York State law prohibits the sale of imitation weapons that closely resemble real guns. I will continue to enforce this law so that we can avoid putting both children and law enforcement officials at risk.”

The following number of illegal toy guns were sold into major cities across the state, with the remainder of the over 5,000 being sold into neighboring suburbs:

• Albany-Troy-Schenectady: 67
• Binghamton: 13
• Buffalo: 52
• Elmira: 7
• New York City: 1,337
• Plattsburgh: 11
• Rochester: 99
• Syracuse: 29
• Utica: 13
• Watertown: 9

These online retailers are required to sell only toys that are colored entirely white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink or bright purple or a combination of these colors and will pay a fine.