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Indy council bans gun-shaped phone cases

Posted at 5:56 AM, Sep 15, 2015

It's now illegal to buy, sell or own a cell phone case that looks like a firearm in Marion County.

If that sounds like a bad idea anyway, well, the Indianapolis City-County Council agrees. The council voted Monday night to approve Proposition 259 banning the cell phone accessories.

The proposition states that the product can be "indistinguishable from a working handgun and could inadvertently result in the use of force by police."

The vote comes amid a national conversation about police use-of-force incidents, and in the wake of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed in June by Cleveland police after allegedly waving a BB gun at officers.  

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