Among the strongest images of the year in Los Angeles County were those of furious smokers temporarily banned from Beverly Hills restaurants and a would-be gunman holding what turned out to be a toy gun on consumer reporter David Horowitz during a live broadcast. Both incidents spawned action by local authorities. Here's a sampling of what local legislative boards decided during 1987.
TOY GUNS--The Burbank City Council in September passed an ordinance banning the sale of toy guns that resemble authentic weapons. It was the first such law passed in the United States. The ordinance also prohibited the brandishing of a replica of a weapon in a threatening manner and the brandishing of a replica weapon in front of a law enforcement officer.