Report Stephen Koff asks a question that—to him—has a self-evident answer.

What if Tamir Rice’s toy gun had been painted bright pink or a chartreuse shade of green?

To Koff and dim-witted lawmakers from Ohio to Capitol Hill, requiring toy firearms or air rifles to be brightly colored is the solution to the small but tragic number of police shootings every year of people holding toy guns or air rifles.

But there’s a multi-part failure to their “solution” of requiring toy guns to be colored differently than real firearms, which will lead to such a proposed law saving so much as a single life.

There is no standardized “real firearm” color

We can start with the the fact that real firearms come from the factory in any number of colors and color schemes.

Only those who are completely unaware of gun culture—which, to be fair, includes most lawmakers and journalists—think that firearms only come in black, gray, nickel and stainless. Most companies these days offer at least matte earth-tones in their firearm color offerings, and many provide the option of pink, camouflage, or even pink camouflage.

The aftermarket sale of everything from simple spray paints to high-end custom firearm coatings ensure that anyone with a firearm can color it any way they want.

Here is a small sampling of real, brightly-colored firearms from Cerakote’s image gallery. There are many, many more shown on that site alone.

H-237 Tungsten wtih H-146 Graphite Black and H-224 Sig Pink. 22 Caliber Revolver (Cerakote.com)
Shotguns in H-146Q Graphite Black, H-144Q Corvette Yellow, H-167Q USMC Red, (Cerakote.com)
H-141 Prison Pink with H-175 Robin’s Egg Blue (Cerakote.com)
H-140Q Bright White, H-141Q Prison Pink, H-146Q Graphite Black (Cerakote.com)

There is no way to keep people from recoloring guns… whether they are real or toys

Are these legislators going to require universal background checks for spray paint?

If they aren’t, all it will take to turn a brightly colored toy gun a more traditional color is a can of spray paint that you can pick up almost anywhere for less than $4.

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