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Post date: June 6 2003

Wal Mart Agrees To $200,000 Fine In Toy Gun Case

Attorney General Spitzer today announced a court-approved agreement with Wal Mart settling allegations that it was selling toy guns in violation of state law.

Wal Mart consented to a court order barring the company from selling toy guns that fail to provide a non-removable orange stripe along the length of the barrel. The company is also barred from selling toy guns in realistic colors, such as black, blue, silver or aluminum.

In addition, Wal Mart agreed to pay $200,000 in civil penalties.

The consent order was signed by Justice Saralee F. Evans, Acting Justice of the State Supreme Court in New York County.

As part of a continuing effort to enforce public safety laws, several other retailers across the state also have stopped selling realistic-looking toy guns in violation of state law, including Rite-Aid Pharmacies, four "dollar stores" in Westchester County and eight retailers in Manhattan.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Nick Garin of the Poughkeepsie Regional Office.