New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent out cease and desist orders to various retailers Thursday instructing them to halt the sale of toy guns prohibited by state law.
“When toy guns are mistaken for real guns, there can be tragic consequences,” said Attorney General Schneiderman, in a press release.
“New York State law is clear: retailers cannot put children and law enforcement at risk by selling toy guns that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing,” he continued.
Among those to receive the cease and desist letters were WalMart, Amazon.com, Kmart, Sears, and ToyArsenal.com. The letters were prompted by an investigation that found certain retailers failing to follow state guidelines with respect to the sale of toy guns.
“Once this matter was brought to our attention we placed a shipping block on our website to prevent the mentioned items from being sent to the state of New York. We’re also confident that measures are in place to prevent these items from being sold at our New York stores,” Wal-Mart said in a statement to NBC News.
“The safety of our customers is a top priority. We are in the process of immediately removing any non-compliant toy guns that are offered for sale by Sears or Kmart to New York consumers. We will fully cooperate with the New York Attorney General in its investigation,” Sears said in a statement.
Under state law, retailers can not sell toy guns that come in such colors as black, blue, silver or aluminum unless they have a non-removable one-inch-wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel.