Senator Heather Gustafson’s Bill to Ban Phone Cases Resembling Firearms Advanced by Senate Commerce Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Thursday, the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee advanced Senator Heather Gustafson’s bill to prohibit cell phone cases that resemble firearms.

The cases are designed to look like a firearm, with a handle that resembles the grip of a handgun. Law enforcement officials have raised concerns that these cases can easily be mistaken for a real firearm in an emergency, thereby putting the community at unnecessary risk.

Senator Gustafson was joined by Lino Lakes Public Safety Director John Swenson who testified for the bill.

“This is a common-sense public safety bill, and I appreciate advocacy from law enforcement officers and the bipartisan support it has received,” said Senator Gustafson. “By passing this bill we can reduce confusion and unnecessary calls to law enforcement, ultimately making our communities safer.”

The bill was passed by the committee on a voice vote and referred to Judiciary and Public Safety for its next hearing.

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Senator Heather Gustafson represents Senate District 36 which includes Centerville, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Lake. She is vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee and the Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

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