Calif. Cops Push for Brightly Colored BB and Air Guns

A proposal to curb police involved shootings by ordering BB and air guns to be brightly colored so they look less like Glocks and Berettas is drawing fire from makers, sellers and users of a wide class of weapons.

Tompkins countered that officers don't get to wear helmets or knee and elbow pads.

"Instead of taking the fun sport away from people completely, we're saying if you want something like the real McCoy, it's got to be a different color," he said.

De Leon has agreed to review the concerns.

"There's a strong feeling that people want these replicas to look real, but it poses a problem when things that look bona fide are on the streets," he said.

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