Ann Brown, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), challenged the toy industry today to stop producing toy guns that look like real guns.
Last week, several major toy retailers announced that they would no longer sell real-looking toy guns. The CPSC chairman called on toy manufacturers to stop producing the look-alike guns. Speaking to the Toy Manufacturers of America meeting in Miami, Chairman Brown said, "I applaud the action of Toys R Us, Kmart, Sears, Target, Kaybee, and Bradlees to stop selling toy guns that look like or could be modified to look like real guns. Fatal accidents with guns involving kids are tragic. Real-looking toy guns may be a small part of the problem of violence in our society, but it is the part of the problem we can solve. Today, I challenge the toy industry to stop producing any guns that look like or could be modified to look like real guns. This would be a meaningful contribution to the safety of American children."
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