California SB 199 by California Senator Kevin De Leon has passed the California Senate Public Safety Committee and is schedule for a hearing on January 21. The bill would prohibit anyone from purchasing, selling, manufacturing, shipping, transporting, distributing, or receiving an airsoft gun unless the entire exterior surface of the device is
white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern, or where the entire device is constructed of transparent or translucent materials which permits unmistakable observation of the device’s complete contents.
Isn’t it interesting that this bill would prohibit airsoft guns from being colored black, but allows real guns to be brightly colored? I thought the point of the bill was to keep airsoft guns from looking like real guns? See the text of the actual bill.
California residents can click to find your State Senator. Their page should include contact information for you to use to encourage them to vote “no” on SB199. Reasons may include the fact that this bill does nothing that will result in a difference in appearance between real guns and airsoft guns, airsoft guns are already required to have an orange tip, and it is already against the law for minors to posses airsoft guns.