I was just mentioning this sort of thing yesterday, and now Say Uncle points out this in Minnesota:
On a vote of 5-2 on Monday, Moorhead City Council members gave initial approval to a revised city ordinance that prohibits people from carrying facsimile weapons in public places.
The revision needs one more reading to become effective, and officials said that could happen Jan. 10.
Here is the wording of the ordinance:
No person shall carry on their person in a public place as defined in Minnesota statute … a facsimile firearm within the city.
Facsimile firearm means any object not actually a firearm which is a replica of an actual firearm, which substantially duplicates an actual firearm, or which could reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm.
This ordinance shall not restrict the use of a facsimile firearm for self defense of a person’s residence or place of business.
Now, as crazy as a ban on non-guns seems, here is the really crazy part:
Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger wants to see the proposed ban include private residences.
Yes, you read that right. The city’s chief of police is wants non-guns banned in private homes. He says such a ban could “help us avert a tragedy.” Two council members, Dan Hunt and Diane Wray Williams, also support banning non-guns in citizens’ homes.
If I made that up and put it in a book, people would claim I’m creating straw men.
What’s next? Bans on toy rubber knives?