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The Knesset approved in preliminary reading yesterday a bill that would make possession of sneezing powder or cap guns punishable by up to four years in prison, and the sale of those items punishable by up to seven years in prison.

MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) submitted the bill, however he undertook to coordinate the later stages of legislation with the government ministries, so these sentences are likely to be toned down.

The proposal seeks to amend the section of the penal code that deals with the ban on selling or possessing dangerous toys, and is aimed at preventing Purim-related accidents. Gafni's bill defines a dangerous toy as, among other things, a toy that might "cause a nuisance to people."

The list includes toys that emit fire, explode, cause irritation, tearing or sneezing, and toy guns.