After directing City Attorney Tom Perkins to craft one of the nation’s strictest ordinances regulating the sale and possession of toy guns, the Dallas City Council’s public safety committee is still working on the issue, says the Dallas Morning News. The panel is considering whether the city should limit the ordinance to people 18 and younger and whether the measure could withstand a legal challenge.
In August, the council voted 7-1 to pursue banning all toy guns except those painted a bright color, such as neon green or fluorescent yellow, or made of transparent or translucent material. The toys must reflect light, and any toy that didn’t fit the city’s paint/reflection criteria would be illegal even if kept inside a private home or vehicle. Some Dallas residents have expressed concern over what they say is children’s easy access to inexpensive replica firearms. Ice cream vendors and retailers at flea markets sell the toys.