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Wal-Mart Sued Over Toy Guns

Wal-Mart Sued Over Toy Guns

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(Alban, New York-AP) -- The nation's largest retailer is accused of selling toy guns that look too much like the real thing.

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is suing Wal-Mart over the matter.

The toy guns have orange caps on their barrels, which is required by federal law. But the lawsuit says the guns don't have nonremoveable orange stripes down the length of the barrel, as required by New York law.

Safety experts say the brightly colored markings help police officers distinguish toy guns from real ones.

In 2000, two Brooklyn teen-agers carrying toy guns that weren't properly marked were shot and killed by detectives who didn't know the guns were fake.

Spitzer's office says Wal-Mart has sold more than 42-thousand toy guns in New York in the past two-and-a-half years.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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