Magazine article Multinational Monitor

Wal-Mart Toys with Guns. (Names in the News)

Magazine article Multinational Monitor

Wal-Mart Toys with Guns. (Names in the News)

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DESPONDING TO A LAWSUIT filed by New York Attorney RGENERAL Eliot Spitzer in April, Wal-Mart pulled from its shelves in New York toy guns that lack safety markings required by state law.

"In our continued efforts to be a responsible retailer, we have made the decision to suspend sales of all toy cap guns in New York," Wal-Mart said in a statement.

The lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores followed months of effort by Spitzer's office to convince the Arkansas-based company to comply fully with the state requirement that all toy guns bear several orange markings clearly distinguishing them from real weapons.

Wal-Mart has acknowledged that its toy guns do not have all of the state-required markings. The company had maintained, however, that it need only comply with federal law; requiring an orange cap on the end of the barrel.

Wal-Mart's toy guns have an orange cap at the end of the barrel, but otherwise look real in that they are the color of real guns. …

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