Senate Approves Ban on Gun Phone Cases

First step in banning the cases that look like guns

Minnesota lawmakers have taken the first step toward banning cellphone cases designed to look like handguns.

The Senate unanimously passed a ban on selling, possessing or manufacturing the lookalike cases on Wednesday. 60-0. The measure is awaiting a final vote in the House.  

Police officials and lawmakers backed the measure as necessary, arguing the cases being sold online could easily be mistaken for a real firearm and lead to a tragedy. Violating the ban would be a petty misdemeanor and may net a fine of up to $300.

Sen. Ron Latz authored the bill in the Senate. He says the cases he’s seen are a “dead ringer” for a pistol and need to be banned before someone gets killed out of confusion.

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