Bills seek punishment for use, display of fake weapons - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bills seek punishment for use, display of fake weapons

Deberry's bill would require a person who is not 18 years old to get permission from a parent or legal guardian to purchase an imitation weapon, which he says are nearly identical in size, design and color to real ones. Deberry's bill would require a person who is not 18 years old to get permission from a parent or legal guardian to purchase an imitation weapon, which he says are nearly identical in size, design and color to real ones.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation that seeks to keep imitation firearms out of the hands of minors passed the House.

The measure sponsored by Rep. John Deberry, a Memphis Democrat, was approved 63-29 on Thursday. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate in February.

Both chambers must now work out differences in the bill before it's sent to the governor for his consideration.

Deberry's bill would require a person who is not 18 years old to get permission from a parent or legal guardian to purchase an imitation weapon, which he says are nearly identical in size, design and color to real ones.

Federal law requires toy guns or imitations to bear an orange tip, indicating they're not real. However, proponents say those tips are often disguised or removed.

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