“Minnesota senators voted unanimously Wednesday to ban cellphone cases that resemble handguns,” blogs.mprnews.org reports. “The bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale or possession of phone cases in the state that look like a pistol or another firearm. Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, said the cases are dangerous because they could too easily be mistaken for a real weapon.” And then…? What? You did notice, of course, that the bill was passed unanimously. That would be 39 Democrats and 28 Republicans. Even though he voted for the bill, one Republican expressed misgivings . . .
Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, expressed some hesitation, saying there could be tough calls in determining what’s illegal.
“This seems to be a slippery slope of enforcement of how we’re going to start deciding how something looks ‘similar to a gun’ or not,” Westrom said.
Sen. Ron Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, held up a picture of a case that he said was a “dead ringer” for a pistol.
“Someone raises it to answer the phone and it looks like they’re raising a gun,” Latz said.
So Gopher State residents have the right to keep and bear arms. As long as they get a state-sanctioned permit to buy one (“military-style assault weapons” and handguns), a state-sanctioned permit to carry one and, soon, the gun looks like a gun (according to the state’s interpretation).
Looks like I’m going to have to buy one of these things just because I can. You?