An effort to ban the sale of toy guns to minors was muzzled Tuesday morning when the measure failed during a Senate committee vote.

SB749 would have made it unlawful to sell or offer a toy gun to someone under age 18 in Hawaii. A similar bill, HB432, has yet to gain a hearing in the House.

The bills were offered to address concern about children bringing realistic-looking toy guns to schools. Nationally there have been efforts to prohibit the sales of toy guns that are replicas of firearms because such toys have been used in robberies.

The bill failed in the Senate Consumer Protection after Senators Sam Slom, Josh Green and Malama Solomon voted against the measure.