CHICAGO (CBS) — Some aldermen want the city of Chicago to ban the sale or possession of cell phone cases that look like handguns.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th), who chairs the City Council’s powerful Finance Committee, called the gun-shaped smartphone cases being sold online “outrageous.” When carried in a pocket or waistband, the owner looks like he or she is carrying an automatic pistol.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
Burke said he and colleagues Ariel Reboyras (30th) – who chairs the Public Safety Committee – and Willie Cochran (20th) – a former police officer who is Public Safety Committee vice chair – want to ban the controversial cases, and raise public awareness.
“Number one, we can probably fine-tune the replica gun ordinance that’s currently on the books, and also hopefully make people aware of this product,” he said.