Votes are lacking on the Annapolis city council to ban realistic-looking toy guns, the Baltimore Sun reports. Alderwoman Cynthia A. Carter, who is pushing the bill, says, “If it’s a toy, let it look like and appear to be a toy. It’s simply out of sync with our reason to give children something that’s dangerous.”
Council members said they believed the legislation unnecessary and would infringe on a parent’s right to choose toys for their children.
Carter proposed the bill after a 7-year-old Annapolis boy was arrested in April for aiming a toy gun at a video store clerk. On Oct. 30, a congressional office building was closed for several hours while police searched for a person they believed had brought a gun into the building. Police discovered a congressional aide had taken in a toy gun.
Carter noted several cases of police killing children holding toy guns and worried that it could happen in Annapolis. She said that the bill would not affect transparent, brightly colored or other unrealistic-looking toys.
Alderwoman Classie Gillis Hoyle is concerned that the issue has been trivialized. “It’s perceived as being a laughing matter,” she said. Carter intends to bring up the bill later.