COPY-Ark. House votes down restrictions on toy guns

Associated Press - March 30, 2009 4:54 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has narrowly rejected a bill that would have restricted the sale of realistic-looking toy guns.

The House voted 49-41 today in favor of Rep. Fred Allen's bill, falling just short of the 51 votes needed to pass. Allen says toy guns often are mistaken for actual guns or are used during robberies, and shouldn't be readily available in Arkansas stores.

Allen had named his bill the DeAunta Farrow Imitation Firearms Act, after the West Memphis boy who was fatally shot by a police officer who thought he was holding a gun. But Allen agreed to remove the boy's name from the bill after complaints from the family, who dispute police accounts that say DeAunta was holding the toy weapon.

The boy was shot to death in 2007 and a civil lawsuit is pending.

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