It's next to impossible, in a split second, for law enforcement officers to determine if a toy gun minus its required orange tip is real or fake, and that's why public safety officials are reminding parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts who might be purchasing fake guns as gifts for children to instruct kids never to alter the toy or fake weapon.
"One deadly encounter with a child in possession of a fake gun is one tragedy too many," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Foundation Chairman Kenny Ehrman. "From a safety standpoint, it would be nice not to have toy or fake guns that could be mistaken for real weapons, but we know that isn't possible. Parents should remind their kids why that orange tip is on the toy and why it should never be removed or painted over. Likewise, they should be instructed never to raise and point it at people, particularly an armed officer. "