Indy city leaders want to ban cell phone cases that look like guns

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 2nd, 2015) – Picking out a cell phone case can be a fun way to express your personality, but some local leaders worry one particular style crosses the line and could put people in danger -- a case shaped like a gun.

The City-County Council’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee will meet Wednesday evening. Members will discuss the budget and a few ideas, including a proposal to ban any gun replica type cell phone cases.

Police departments across the country have already been warning people about these cases, saying it could easily be mistaken for the real thing.

Amazon.com representatives say they've already taken the item off of their site, but it doesn’t take long to find other websites selling the cases right now. That’s why city-county council member Leroy Robinson says he’s sponsoring the proposal to ban the sale or possession on those cases here in Indy before anything bad happens.

“I’ve met with IMPD and the chief and we spoke about it. They have not had any experiences currently regarding these, however, we want to be proactive as opposed to reactive,” Robinson said.

“They’re being sold from some of these flea market stores and some of these online retailers and we want to be sure in Indianapolis, Indiana – there’s no mistake of a cellphone case looking like a real gun. The mistake happens when someone’s life is unfortunately taken away,” Robinson said.

Robinson says if the proposal passes, those caught having or selling a case shaped like a gun could be fined up to $2,500 dollars depending on the situation.

Wednesday’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the City-County building.

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