In continuation with the almost comedic levels of gun owner repression in the state of California, phone cases are no longer safe.
That’s right. According to the new law any object that would lead “a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm” is no longer allowed. That includes an IPhone Case which is made to look like a pistol. This is the actual text of the new law.
Firearms: imitation firearms: gun-shaped phone cases.
Existing federal law prohibits a person from manufacturing, entering into commerce, shipping, transporting, or receiving any toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm unless the firearm contains, or has affixed to it, a marking approved by the federal Secretary of Commerce.
Existing state law defines “imitation firearm” as any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm.
Under existing law, a manufacturer, importer, or distributor of imitation firearms that, among other things, fails to comply with any applicable federal law or regulation governing the marking of a toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm, as defined by federal law or regulation, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
This bill would specify that the definition of imitation firearm described above includes, but is not limited to, a protective case for a cellular telephone that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm.
This is another instance of these laws just sounding silly. On the other hand, toy guns are alright to carry, so long as they are painted either white, red, orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple. Because it’s definitely easier to turn an IPhone case into a firearm than it is to paint a gun any of those colors.
We’ll keep you updated on any future changes, because everybody should know if the state suddenly decides to outlaw rubber band finger guns next. Wouldn’t want anybody to get into trouble, now.