Boro Park: Hikind Asks Vendors To Stop Selling Gun Lighters


gunAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is urging Borough Park and Midwood vendors to cease carrying novelty lighters-especially the ones that look like real guns, which he says can pose a serious threat. The Assemblyman made a point of visiting local vendors asking them to drop the product line for the sake of community safety.

“They look real,” said the Assemblyman who noticed the items being sold across the street from his office.”It’s too easy to confuse a gun-lighter with a real gun or a toy.” Last year, a California mother accidentally shot her twelve-year-old daughter after mistaking a real gun for a novelty cigarette lighter. “There have already been too many accidents reported,” said Hikind. “These ‘guns’ are accidents waiting to happen. Soon enough a law will be in place prohibiting their sale so I’m asking vendors to please drop these items now.”

A bill that would ban novelty lighters was recently passed by the New York State Assembly and now awaits action by the NYS Senate. Fire prevention officials say it is nearly impossible for children to distinguish a toy from a lighter and incidents of children starting fires with novelty lighters have increased. More than a third offi re-related deaths each year are caused by children under the age of 10.

In 2006, Maine became the first U.S.state to ban novelty lighters after the son of a fire chief mistook a novelty lighterfor a flashlight and burned his face. Today, 14 states have enacted legislation prohibiting the sale of novelty lighters.

“Why risk further injuries?” asked Assemblyman Hikind. “If you’re a vendor, just do the right thing and stop carrying these dangerous items.”

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. Is the selling of novelty lighters shaped like guns part of the constitutional right to bear arms?

    I always thought Americans in general, and the NRA in particular, were absolutely and categorically insane not to review that part of the Constitution.

    Believe it or not, America, what the founding fathers wrote does not have the same implications today.

  2. While dov may have a point, this story of a woman “accidentally” shooting her daughter doesn’t seem to add up. What happened, the cops came and she said “I thought it was a cigarette lighter”?