Gov. Hochul signs new legislation restricting imitation weapons

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Kathy Hochul signed new legislation on Tuesday making it illegal to have fake guns that look like the real thing. Now, fake guns must be easily identifiable with bright colors or made of entirely see-through materials.

This legislation is meant to clarify and strengthen New York state laws on toy or imitation weapons to prevent them from being used in crimes.

There have been at least 63 shootings in New York because of imitation weapons being mistaken for the real weapon.