Better lock those toy guns up.
The Burlington City Council is considering an ordnance to ban the open or concealed carry of a toy or air gun on one’s person without a proper Iowa carry permit, and mandating that they be carried in a proper gun case when otherwise being transported.
Citing several past cases of mistaken identity, particularly with minors, Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird fears that police officers may someday shoot someone with a toy gun, believing in the moment that the gun is real and resulting in the use of lethal force.
Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell said, ““It’s not saying that nobody can have [a toy or BB gun]. It’s saying that they need to be in a proper carrying bag, so that you’re not running around with a BB gun that may or may not look real.”