Can changing the color of toy guns reduce crime? Supporters of the proposed California legislation aimed at distinguishing toy guns and real weapons say it will prevent tragedies.

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The Imitation Firearms Safety Act was drafted after a Santa Rosa cop shot Andy Lopez, a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a realistic looking AK-style gun.

State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-CA) said brightly colored toy guns will help police differentiate between real guns and replicas during intense situations.

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Critics of the law note that real guns come in an array of colors. Lopez’s parents have filed a lawsuit claiming the veteran officer who shot their son used excessive force.

In the meantime, the legislation has passed in the California State Senate and now heads to the state assembly.

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