Teen's death leads to safeguards for some air guns

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Updated: 8/28 5:55 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Last year's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica weapon has prompted state lawmakers to approve a bill requiring bright markings on certain air guns.

Democratic Sen. Noreen Evans of Santa Rosa said Thursday that she believes Andy Lopez would still be alive if SB199 had been law. The Santa Rosa boy was killed when a sheriff's deputy mistook his airsoft BB gun for a real AK-47.

The bill would apply to guns that fire pellets or BBs that are six millimeters or eight millimeters. They would have to have brightly colored surfaces or prominent fluorescent strips.

Several Republicans say criminals could simply paint real guns to confuse police.

The bill passed the Senate 22-12 Thursday and goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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