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Store fined $30K for stocking toy guns

Store fined $30K for stocking toy guns
A discount store in New York has been fined $30,000 for stocking toy guns deemed "too realistic." UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A New York discount store was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine for stocking toy guns that were deemed to be too realistic.

Andrew Tilem, lawyer for the odds-and-ends store called 99ยข Target, said the fine amounts to $5,000 for each of the six toy sheriff sets put up for sale at the store in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

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Tilem said the vendor for the toys, JMD All Star of New Jersey, told owner Jamal Ahmed the sets, which included orange plastic-tipped toy guns, were legal for sale and one of the store's managers failed to inform the owner when a city inspector wrote the store up for stocking the items.

City regulations bar the sale of realistic toy weapons.

Tilem said Ahmed missed a hearing due to not being informed by the manager and the city imposed the $30,000 fine, which he described as "a really, really abusive penalty."

A spokeswoman for the city's Consumer Affairs department said the fine was appealed, but upheld.

"Realistic-looking imitation guns are illegal and dangerous, and just last week, a 15-year-old in Texas was killed while holding one of these guns," she said.

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