NY Governor’s Ban on Toy Guns Rolls Out — Just in Time for Christmas

NY Governor's Ban on Toy Guns Rolls Out -- Just in Time for Christmas
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul outlawed “imitation weapons.” (Photo: NY.gov)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s ban on toy guns kicked in last month, just in time for the holiday season.  

Back in August, Hochul signed S.687/A.3998 into law, which prohibits the sale of what her administration calls “imitation weapons.”

The ban officially took effect on Nov. 13, approximately a week before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, arguably the busiest shopping days of the year.  

“My top priority as governor is keeping New Yorkers safe, and that means cracking down on devices used to commit crime,” Gov. Hochul said in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica. 

“Restricting these realistic-looking devices will ensure misleading and potentially dangerous devices are off our streets, keeping kids, law enforcement and all New Yorkers safe,” she continued. 

SEE ALSO: Washington Post Gives Cory Booker Three Pinocchio’s for Saying Toy Guns Face More Regs than Real Guns

Not all toy guns are outlawed.  However, per Hochul’s administration, they “cannot be black, blue, silver or aluminum, and must be colored white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, bright purple, or be made entirely of transparent or translucent materials.”

Democratic Assemblymember Tom Abinanti (D-92), who supported the measure, believes it has the potential to save lives.  

“Too many people have been killed or injured and too many crimes committed because a toy gun looked real,” said Abinanti.  

“Real guns that are misused are a big problem – we don’t need the problem compounded by toy guns that look real,” he added. 

Supporters of S.687/A.3998 contend that since 1994, there have been as many as 63 fatal shootings in New York State involving “imitation weapons” that were mistaken for real firearms. 

Out of those 63 shootings, eight were reported to be fatal. 

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  • Randy December 16, 2022, 4:01 pm

    I Swear, Americans are the most Mentally ill Trash on the Planet. I pray that Putin launches a nuclear strike on this Idiot country. If only Russia, China and N.Korea would get together and wipe this Godless nation off the face of the earth.

    • MAGA_BITCH December 30, 2022, 5:17 pm

      go fuck yourself you fucking piece of shit motherfucking bitch

  • Clint W. December 14, 2022, 12:32 pm

    So, they think a toy gun is a lead into a real gun and crime? Shouldn’t that reasoning be applied to video games where you get points for killing cops, citizens, dogs and cats with a weapon of your choice, or just drive over them in a car? If video game companies and leftist politicians say there is no connection between 1080P resolution death and destruction at the push of a button, then a cap gun should be downright tame.

  • Stan d. Upnow December 11, 2022, 11:15 pm

    “Too many people have been killed or injured and too many crimes committed because real ammunition was used in guns.” said Abinanti. (quote changed for effect)

    So, to “fix” the problem I have no doubt Hochul would want real ammo replaced with bubble gum fashioned to look like ammo. Gives new meaning to the phrase, “Bite the Bullet.”

  • FirstStateMark December 11, 2022, 9:50 pm

    She’s just a C with power and demonstrating it like a typical democrat jackass.

  • Dutch December 11, 2022, 3:26 pm

    Boy, I’m glad she banned toy guns. Now I can just buy my 2 year old a real AR 15.

  • Comanche December 11, 2022, 12:39 pm

    N.Y. is a Unconstitutional state!

  • RLD Montana 454 December 10, 2022, 7:02 am

    Kathy Hochul sounds just like Adolph Hitler. She must be using his playbook of lies to keep the children and all New Yorkers safe .

  • BE Davis Brown December 9, 2022, 11:15 pm

    I can see it now, “If you live in the state of New York we at amazon cannot ship this plastic replica of a Glock 19 squirt gun to the following states New York”.

  • John December 9, 2022, 11:15 pm

    Stop and think through the numbers. 55 injuries and 8 deaths equals 63 total since 1994. The scare tactics in the media and our politicians are unbelievable. That’s 1 death is too many but a LAW enacted to save I person’s life every 3.5 years and stop 2 injuries per year? While thousands are dying of drug overdoses from a porous border??? Our leaders are a sad joke!

  • Jons_On December 9, 2022, 9:46 pm

    What a tyrant Hochal has shown herself to be. To me she seems crazy and stupid. A deadly combination for any government official. New York you had the chance to rid yourself of this insane idiotic tyrant and you blew it! That tells the rest of us that there are a lot of insane idiots in your state. Toy guns really? what’s next if little Billy makes a gun with his hand and goes “pew pew” to a classmate that he goes to prison for life? They won’t jail actual criminals but owning a toy gun will get you life. Pull it out New York!!!!!

  • Bemused Berserker December 9, 2022, 8:00 pm

    New York gets the government it votes for. Apparently they’re happy with this Autocratic Puta.

    • Stan d. Upnow December 11, 2022, 11:20 pm

      Good. Let the stupid NYers who re-elected that refugee zombie from The Walking Dead suffer!

  • Allen James Jones December 9, 2022, 2:34 pm

    “…sixty-three fatal shootings…of those sixty-three, eight were fatal…? WTF? Which is it? Are non-fatal fatal shootings?

  • Wolf December 9, 2022, 1:50 pm

    Wow, amazing, just stupidly amazing, NOT…..New York needs a new governor, one with God given common sense

    • Stan d. Upnow December 11, 2022, 11:22 pm

      First Cuomo, now Hochul. Naw, they’re on a roll. Suffer morons.

  • Fubar December 9, 2022, 12:27 pm

    NY Governor’s Kathy Hochul announced a pre-holiday ban on realistic looking Toy Guns, that will ensure misleading and potentially dangerous devices are off our streets, keeping kids, law enforcement and all New Yorkers safe,” In a related story: Gov. Hochul signed S.666/E.999.X000 into law, which provides NYUSD state funding to provide free realistic “Penis’s and Vaginas” to students ages 5 and up.

  • David December 9, 2022, 10:39 am

    Dies anyone think that a plastic toy, being used in a stick-up,” might not be something he might wish to face when there’s no threat?

  • JustJohn December 9, 2022, 10:22 am

    @Blue Dog (He/Him)

    Can you give us the article or report or whatever where you got the information that “Each of these mass shooters were gamers.” We’ve been fighting this BS since Pong, ffs. My BS meter is off the charts with that statement. Yeah, Fathers are very important to the raising of children, period. Males especially, but both genders need both parents to have a more balanced education in the art of being Human. I played with toy weapons since I was 3-4 years old, just like damn near everybody of my generation. Very few of us turned into murderers (especially mass murderers). Check the ages of these individuals, check the mental status of most of these mass shooters. Thats where you will find correlation. Not in “gamers”

    • Robert December 9, 2022, 12:38 pm

      Imagine being so pathetic in life , that your entertainment is coming on a gun site to stir the pot and cause problems. I actually feel bad for your blue boy.

  • FDC.40 December 9, 2022, 10:21 am

    She had better outlaw satin black Krylon spray paint as well.

  • Wit Bissel December 9, 2022, 10:15 am

    So criminals should just paint their guns white or red and they will not longer be threatening?

  • phil Dru December 9, 2022, 10:06 am

    So fakes being mistaken for “real guns, huh. What is the logic of these reported deaths? Is it the perps had the fakes and were killed by victims with “real” guns? Follows a general rule, don’t be serious with fake guns. Besides, perps might expect to be shot if they persist in using either type. BTW, who will pay the families of deceased victims if the perp takes a life in a gun free zone? Will the state step up and cover all the costs because the state took the self defense right away? Will the pols be held accountable?

  • Rich December 9, 2022, 9:07 am

    I don’t have the solution, but as a middle school teacher/admin, I am stunned by the realistic looking, very cheap, Chinese “toys” available on Amazon… This” law” is a reaction to the very real issue of stupid parents allowing children to have an AMAZON account without supervision. A child’s brain develops as they make mistakes – parents need to be involved so that their mistakes don’t get them killed, and kids with “toy” guns are getting killed…also because they have not been taught that ignoring (or worse) instruction from a cop elevates you from “bystander” to “threat”. I was never allowed to “play with toy guns”….but I had my first single shot .22 at 10.

    • Rattlerjake December 10, 2022, 4:18 pm

      Children are NOT being killed because of playing with realistic guns (with very rare exceptions), they are being killed because they are committing crimes, or trying to, at very young ages. By the time they can walk and talk most nigglets are already being recruited by gangs, or are trying to emulate big brother, dad, or their heroes on TV! They are also taught at a very young age to hate whitey, and to ignore and have no respect for authority.

    • Alan December 16, 2022, 2:24 pm

      Fact! No toy gun has ever killed anyone , because it’s a toy and it cannot fire real bullets. They also failed to mention that those killed while holding toys guns were 1 using them while robbing someone who shot them with a real gun 2 pointing them at cops who shot them!( there were a whole bunch of these) this legislation is the hallmark of literally trying to legislate stupid. Play stupid game win stupud prizes. The founding father would be embarrassed if they could see how dumb the lib state democrats are.

  • Antlerman December 9, 2022, 9:05 am

    Nothing a little black spray paint won’t fix

  • Billy M December 9, 2022, 7:55 am

    A solution looking for a problem. Will look forward to how they defend this if it gets to the Supreme Court. Sounds like a direct violation of the Commerce clause in the Constitution. But what do you expect from idiots like her.

    • Joe Tee December 9, 2022, 10:09 am

      She’s ,plain and simple, a DITZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Earl Haehl December 9, 2022, 7:37 am

    Next month we will discuss index finger amputation. Ah, brave new world.

  • bbcm December 9, 2022, 7:22 am

    spray paint?

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB December 9, 2022, 6:48 am

    Seems like the dims try to out-dumb each other every day. What’s to stop them from buying an approved color toy gun and paint it black? This country needs a purge to get rid of the deranged left. FJB. Si Vis Pacem Parabellum.

    • Joe D Townsend December 9, 2022, 7:39 am

      Or a real gun painted those asinine colors?

    • Ok then December 9, 2022, 8:20 am

      If you walk through the projects, you find many outlines in the staircases where people did exactly that.

  • BPA December 9, 2022, 5:54 am

    I agree, ban all the violent games!!! I believe that is what started all these mass shootings. Take these games off the market so that the younger generation cannot get the crazy notion that its ok to mass shoot. They teach the younger generation how to kill. They need to find out how many of these mass shootings were a direct effect of violent video games. I’m sure they would be surprised. Taking away toy guns definitely is not the answer. Hochul doesn’t have a brain in her a**. Thank GOD I left NY,

    • Rattlerjake December 10, 2022, 4:39 pm

      “Hochul doesn’t have a brain in her a**”???? That sure makes a lot of sense, that must be some of that NY slang!

  • Don from CT December 8, 2022, 3:34 pm

    Lets see how long it takes for criminals to start painting their guns yellow and green to give them the appearance of toys.

    And lets see how long it takes for kids to start painting their toys black.

  • Snake December 8, 2022, 8:45 am

    What, my toy gun cannot be black, yet one of the allowed colors is white? Ouch, Governor Hochul, that’s racist, I’ll see you in court!

    • Hans Requellian December 9, 2022, 4:41 am


    • Alan December 16, 2022, 2:27 pm

      Black (Toy) Gun lives matter ! This is a clearly racist law as it discriminates again black guns so unfair

  • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 December 7, 2022, 3:53 pm

    Ok, the title had me thinking she was approaching this to try to prevent boys from being indoctrinated into the shooter culture. I was ready to rail against violent video games, that these call of duty or halo games are doing more to make mass shooters than airsoft guns.

    She is trying to get the toy guns to look less realistic so criminals cannot bluff with them or more importantly, that police do not mistake the toy guns for real guns and shoot otherwise unarmed citizens. A good and noble cause but sadly, certain unarmed men are getting shot by policemen while holding candy bars.

    • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment December 9, 2022, 4:55 am

      Again you bad mouth law abiding people and support criminals! I know your country doesn’t have any (cough cough) but here we do because of people like you. Like a criminal won’t take a can of (stolen) spray paint and change it to black, Then some poor LE will see that, shoot the guy, and get crucified for not saving the criminals life while granny gets car jacked and murdered because some criminal’s life was saved previously…….

    • UseYourBrainPlz December 9, 2022, 7:05 am

      Oh gosh, another person against violent video games. Here I thought on a 2A supportive website where we have many people who use common sense in daily life, I wouldn’t have to read such ridiculous claims.

      Violent video games are not the problem. I grew up playing call of duty games since the first one came out. I’ve played battlefield since the first one came out. I’ve played multiple Grand theft Auto games. I’m about as likely to harm another human being as the Pope is (unless of course you come after my family, in which case I will unleash hell). We all find it ridiculous that anti-gunners want to blame guns for violence, knowing how absolutely stupid that is. And here you are trying to blame an inanimate object like a video game for violence.

      I thought it was common knowledge, but apparently not… The number one factor contributing to crime on a widespread scale, is growing up in a fatherless home. Our young boys especially, need the influence and guidance of an honorable man in the home. Look up the statistics. Kids from fatherless homes are 20% more likely to end up in prison. If we all just learned how to be honorable men and fight for the hearts of our families instead of running away from responsibility like a coward, you would likely see violent crime in this nation cut in half if not substantially more.

      • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 December 9, 2022, 9:34 am

        Sounds like you grew up in a home with a father. What if you had not and you still played these video games – would you still be so unlikely to harm another? Each of these mass shooters were gamers. Not every gamer becomes a mass shooter but if games are the main ways these boys learn about firearms and firearm culture, then that is like what internet porn is teaching our kids about love. It’s not every gamer, but if it is only one in 10,000 or even one in 100,000 that goes on a shooting spree and creates a spreadsheet to see how many points he can get with a stolen AR, that is one tragedy too many and I am eager to talk about common sense measures we can use to prevent such senseless tragedies.

        • UseYourBrainPlz December 9, 2022, 10:05 am

          Thank you for admitting fatherlessness is the issue. Have a nice day.

        • phil Dru December 9, 2022, 10:12 am

          Maybe we can start by teaching the 10 Commandments to the little ones and re-interrating them in government schools. Lives matter. All are precious in the eyes of our Lord. If one believes we came from ooze, then life is worthless.

        • UseYourBrainPlz December 9, 2022, 10:15 am

          You basically said the issue in your response. The issue are mentally ill people that play violent video games unrestricted. Notice the last sentence… The issues are Mental Illness and poor supervision, NOT video games. Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean they cause mass shootings. To think they do is asinine.

    • Comanche December 11, 2022, 1:15 pm

      DON’T BOTHER with blue dog/he/him Comments, this Foreigner just likes to Antagonize U.S. CITIZENS.

    • Stan d. Upnow December 11, 2022, 11:30 pm

      Oh, not just candy bars, but ASSAULT candy bars; very dangerous! Blow your lungs out, Biden sez.

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