Concerns over phone-gun lookalikes prompt Minnesota legislation
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.