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Concerns over phone-gun lookalikes prompt Minnesota legislation

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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - In the same week, Minnesota is aiming concerns at a gun that looks like a cell phone and a cell phone case that looks like a gun.

State legislation cleared its final committee this week. A bill would outlaw the sale, possession or manufacturing of these gun-replica cases.

This comes days after a New York senator called for a federal investigation into a Minnesota-made fold-up gun meant to look like an iPhone.

Law enforcement say both the replica and real gun can cause confusion.

"It becomes quite gray in the sense that, you know, the training for use of deadly force," said Lt. Tory Jacobson, Moorhead Police Department. "And the split-second decision that an officer has to make in regard to preserving their life or someone else's."

The Minnesota bill now awaits action on the House and Senate floors. If passed, violations would result in a $300 fine.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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