As a publicity ploy, "States United to Prevent Gun Violence" (an astroturf group created by Bloomberg) sets up a fake gun store in New York City, with seemingly real guns hanging on the walls. But not too long ago, New York City announced:
"Early in 2009, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sent letters ordering over 100 retailers to stop selling toy guns that weren't properly marked as imitations. Warnings went to manufacturers, local stores, and national retailers like Big Lots, Dollar Tree and Dollar General. Investigators visited dozens of stores throughout New York and found that most sold toy guns that didn't comply with the state law.
Toy guns can't be sold in New York City unless they are colored bright green, blue, red or another neon color. Over the past seven years, city officials have seized over 7,200 illegal toy guns from stores and levied $2.4 million in fines. Retailer Party City paid a record $500,000 in fines for 800 violations of the city's toy gun law.
New York City passed even tougher toy gun laws to take effect in 2010. Fines for selling illegal toy guns will go from $1,000 to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $8,000 for repeat offenses. It'll also be easier for the City to temporarily close stores that continue to break the law.
Toy Guns Can Be Deadly"
As usual, there is one set of laws for those who have connections, and another set of laws for everyone else.