New York City Shop Fined $60,000 For Selling Gun-Shaped Lighters

(THE MENTAL RECESSION)   Not sure what Mayor Bloomberg finds upsetting about a gun-shaped lighter.  Does it have a bayonet attachment making it an “assault” lighter?  Does it ignite 10 times instead of 7?

Via the New York Post:

The owner of a Midtown tourist shop is firing back at Mayor Bloomberg’s crusade against toy guns, filing papers to block a $60,000 fine from the city for selling lighters shaped like small pistols.

“We don’t have the money,” said Fred Shayes, 49, who owns US Camera & Computer Inc. near Penn Station. “I would have to take a loan out from the bank to pay that.”

Shayes filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court to vacate the fine. At issue is a bronze-and-silver colored 3-inch butane lighter shaped like a gun with a black handle and a red tip that was selling for $10 until investigators slapped the store with a fine and yanked it off their shelves.

Under city law, toy guns can’t be sold in the city unless they are bright green, blue, red or a neon color.

Toy guns are also supposed to have a legible stamp identifying the manufacturer or trade name.

Although the gun-shaped lighter can fit in the palm of a smoker’s hand, inspectors for the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs said in 2011 that the lighters could reasonably be confused with a real firearm, and hit Shayes with the fine.

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One Response to New York City Shop Fined $60,000 For Selling Gun-Shaped Lighters

  • Yeah, I get it!

    Tptb are intent on training the "peasants" never to dare touch or even think of guns….on the pain of punishment. When tptb are finished screwing our Minds, we will be quivering blobs of nerve endings, afraid to lift our eyes from the ground to look at our Masters…never looking them in the eyes.

    In a couple of Generations, we won’t even imagine what firearms look like.

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