On a Thursday evening last December, a 13-year-old boy and two other friends were playing with pellet guns near the 3000 block of Verdugo Road in Glassell Park when an LAPD squad car stopped nearby. The 13-year-old, who was hiding behind a van on the dark street, was ordered to surrender. Instead, he flashed his pellet gun, which resembled a Beretta 92F. The officer opened fire, hitting the boy, who was left paralyzed by the shooting. On Tuesday, in response to that shooting and at the request of the LAPD, a state senate committee voted in favor of a bill that would require all pellet and BB guns to manufactured in bright colors so they would not be confused with more powerful firearms, according to an L.A. Now story. Existing law already requires that toy guns be painted bright colors. Under Senate Bill 798, introduced by Sen. Kevin De Leon, makers of “BB devices” and pellet guns would also be required to use bright colors:
A device where the entire exterior surface of the device is white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern, as provided by federal regulations governing imitation firearms, or where the entire device is constructed of transparent or translucent materials which permits unmistakable observation of the device’s complete contents, as provided by federal regulations governing imitation firearms.
The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
Answer: The BB gun is at the bottom of the photo; the gun at the top is a 9mm Beretta. Photo courtesy 22nd Senate District