Chicago bans cellphone cases that look like guns

The Chicago City Council has voted to outlaw cellphone cases made to look like real guns.

The Chicago City Council has voted to outlaw cellphone cases made to look like real guns.

Aldermen approved an ordinance on Wednesday morning after receiving a show-and-tell presentation with the cases. Alderman Edward Burke says he sponsored the measure because he wants to make sure a police officer doesn't mistake the case for a real gun. Burke said he wanted to stop the cases from becoming prevalent in Chicago before a tragedy occurs.

Burke's ordinance makes it illegal to possess a gun-shaped cellphone case or other product. People caught with them would face fines up to $750.

Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo wants the cases outlawed. He pointed to the police shooting last year of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was holding a toy gun.
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