The state attorney general ordered a crackdown on sales of realistic-looking toy guns on Long Island Friday.
"These are not toy guns. These are imitation guns," said Andrew Cuomo at a news conference at his Mineola office Friday.
New York law says that toy guns must meet stricter regulations than the federal statute that requires the guns to have an orange cap. In New York, the guns must also be made out of nonmetallic colors and must have an orange stripe emblazoned on the barrel, Cuomo said.
Cuomo's office sent out cease-and-desist letters to more than 500 stores across the state carrying guns that don't meet the regulations, including 16 small retailers in Long Island and the local retail locations of national companies such as Big Lots and Dollar Tree.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice called the toy guns "a growing danger in our community" because law enforcement officers must decide in split seconds if they are dealing with real or fake firearms.
"There is nothing fun and playful about them," she said of the guns.
Retailers who don't comply with the cease-and-desist orders face fines of up to $1,000 per sale, Cuomo said.