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Burlington, IA, City Council, Wants to Ban, Open Carry, Toy Guns

Iowa Firearms Coalition

Iowa Firearms Coalition

Burlington, IA --(Ammoland.com)- 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.”

The propsed ordnance would cover all spring-loaded or compressed air powered BB and airsoft guns, as well as any other paintball, pellet or replica gun.

We at Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) certainly recognize the potential public safety issue here, and we applaud the Burlington City Council for their good intentions in considering this matter.  However we must also ask whether a city ordnance, which will ostensibly be aimed mostly at children, is really the appropriate and most effective solution to the problem?

The youthful offenders in question are already acting foolishly, and there’s presently no logical reason why a minor walking around with a BB gun will be deterred by a new ordnance–not to mention law enforcement will still be required to confront them and will still be faced with the same problem.  It must be considered then what such a law will actually accomplish, except just making a few city officials, and maybe a few parents, feel good for awhile?

The Burlington City Council will likely hear this issue twice more prior to a final vote.

If you live in Burlington, give the matter some thought and let your city representatives know what you think.

For everyone else in Iowa, this is the kind of thing we all need to stay vigilant for and always be ready to provide input on.  This isn’t specifically a Second Amendment issue this time, but we must nonetheless take care that anti-gun fear and paranoia doesn’t spill over into other issues, and result in the passage of still more ineffectual laws that seem so popular today.

Providing a little food for thought,

Barry B. Snell
IFC Communications Director
NRA Member

About Iowa Firearms Coalition:
The mission of the Iowa Firearms Coalition is to be THE firearms rights organization in Iowa, representing Second Amendment concerns for all firearms owners in the state. We will staunchly defend the rights of hunters and sportsmen as well as the rights of all Iowans to defend themselves and their loved ones. We seek to partner with other like-minded organizations to increase our effectiveness in accomplishing these goals. Visit: www.iowafc.org

  • 22 User comments to “Burlington, IA City Council Wants to Ban Open Carry of Toy Guns”

    1. Cops during my youth would approach and engage in conversation as opposed to today where the police try to shoot from 50 yards and hit everything around them.
      Also some parenting skills with teaching kids to put the toy weapons down or holster when the police are around. Tell them to listen to the police and obey their requests.

    2. @Erik,yeah right ! Them toy guns pose a real GD threat to them cops dont they ? I can hear it now,…”Jimmy holster your Orange cap pistol here come the cops” !

    3. Masnor on July 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM said:

      Is this an article from the Onion?

      Idiocracy, the movie, in real life.

    4. Has marijuana been legalized in Iowa? Are politicians on drugs responsible for this? Has common sense disappeared in America?

    5. TSgt B on July 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM said:

      Is there something in the water in that town? This is one of the most asinine proposals I’ve heard of in a long time. What’s next, Masters of the Universe toy swords? Slingshots? Harsh language?

      Whoever proposed this needs to be confined for as long as it takes to conduct a complete and thorough mental exam.

    6. Goobers at work!

    7. MontieR on July 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM said:

      There lies the problem common sense. Another FEEL good law layered on top of other FEEL good laws that do NOTHING to address the real problem.
      It reminds me of an old comedy routine on a show called I believe it was fridays. The pharmacist strung out on his own product would keep saying take a pill just take a pill. Pass another law just pass another law.

    8. Dadohed on July 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM said:

      I thought the mid west was conservative. What gives with IA?

    9. LostProton on July 11, 2014 at 6:01 PM said:

      So much for the end to squirt gun battles on a hot summer’s day. Since many real firearms including handguns are coming out with the polymer frames in pink and other bright colors the squirt guns will be accused of looking like a firearm. Having taken the required enforcement classes on “shoot / don’t shoot” you learn to use your eye sight more efficiently or fail the course.

    10. henry knox on July 11, 2014 at 6:47 PM said:

      It is much easier for Progressives to try to control pre-teens than to address the problems in Chicago or Detroit or DC. Perhaps they can hold a national convention on the dangers and racism involved in toy guns.

    11. Skyhawk on July 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM said:

      Many years ago while, in a RV Park, I met a retired AF Colonel. That’s the first time that I heard that IOWA stands for Idiots Out Wandering Around. And living in South Texas now I see them by the bunches every winter.

    12. PUNISHER on July 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM said:

      COPS THAT CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERANCE FROM A PLASTIC TOY GUN FROMA REAL ONE SHOULD NOT BE ON THE STREET. BB GUNS THAT LOOK REAL SHOULD BE KEPT AT HOME WHERE A YOUNG CHILD CAN SHOOT IT WITH SUPERVISION. BB GUNS DO LOOK REAL THEY SHOULD BE CARRIED INA BACK PACK , OR CARRYING CASE WHEN GOING OUT TO SHOOT OTHER THAN YOUR OWN HOME. I’M NOT A COP, BUT A CERTIFIED FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR. I CAN TELL THE DIFFERANCE FROM AN AIR SOFT GUN THAN A REAL ONE. SOON AS A COP THESES DAYS SEE’S A GUN THEY GET FREAKED OUT AND GET TUNNEL VISSION AND END UP SHOOTING A CHILD IN HIS FRONT YARD WITH A SQRUIT GUN. IT HAS HAPPENED A FEW TIMES IN THE PAST YEAR.

    13. The “Heartland of America” is now officially braindead. The heartbeat is in cardiac arrest.
      Any officer that doesn’t know a real from a toy, as carried by a child, needs another line of work. Like shoveling cow sh_t.
      And any PARENT of a kid who allows the kids to have replica look-alikes deserves to have their heads examined if they let the kid go out with same. Especially near dusk.

    14. What the liberal trash is trying to do is demonize anything related to firearms to the next generation of people,and the generation after that ! Its our responsibility as lawabidding gun owners who believe in our 2A freedoms to not allow that to happen !

    15. Airsoft seems to be the rage in my neighborhood (10-15 kids) and had a couple of double takes of kids pointing them at me driving. Several others have used black marker to obscure the orange tips. I know most of the toys by sight. Couple rifles are extremely realistic, those kids lowered their barrel and have been polite.
      I have told officers on 2 occasions just kids with airsoft pistols. The officers said thank you.
      Some of the high end airsoft plastic BB use real stocks ,pistol grips, fore ends, scopes etc. Look at DSArms SA58 OSW airsoft , then look at their SA58.
      On the other hand, Chicago had 14 and 16 year old kids shot carrying a 357 revolver and another pistol . All gang violence with illegal weapons and refusal to drop them.
      In the end , laws do not fit every city or state , common sense and parenting do. Seems that too many parents think we just need more laws instead of teaching their brats.

    16. Frank W Brown on July 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM said:

      A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots!

      If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but
not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or 
to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a 
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not
to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that 
was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from 
owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty 
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but
not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make 
you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is
run by idiots.
      If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman
in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head 
searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but 
is run by idiots.
      If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions 
of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his 
teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class 
in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation 
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more 
government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with 
Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses 
but is run by idiots.
      If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to 
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diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation 
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      If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest 
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nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself 
makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If your government ‘cracks down’ on legal gun sales to law abiding citizens while secretly supplying illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      If your local government (Chicago) outlawed gun ownership for ‘the safety of its citizens’ and now boasts the worst murder rate in the country — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
      What a country!
      How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?
      This was borrowed from another blog, please spread it far and wide!

    17. Maybe police should take course 101 on how to identify kids and toy guns. If the person is 3 ft.tall,has a colored weapon,usu.with an orange tip,doesn’t have CCW or DL because they are KIDs,doesn’t have real good communication skills of engish language yet because they’re age is still in single digits,…DONT SHOOT ! There aint a GD thing wrong with our kids or how they’re being raised,…the problem is some cops are idiots !

    18. Encourage your rugrats to enjoy and respect firearms.Teach the little curtain climbers gun saftey and to be responsible with their firearm ! Dont allow them to get to careless with cap pistols ! It could get them shot by some idiot cop who got scared !

    19. Which’s brings us to the second and most important point:The police chief and the Burlington city council SHOULD NOT smoke CRACK!!!!

    20. Dave Mowers on July 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM said:

      I am the Council-Man and I decree,
      All that you can do and all that you see,
      For I make the rules and I am the law,
      And no one best test me, for I command all,
      Bow on your knees citizen, for I am a King!
      Once I have made rules, to control everything!

    21. Methinks the decreeing Council-Man’s views on control are discounting ‘free will’ and ‘civil disobedience’. Probably believes in what B.F. Skinner wrote in ‘Beyond Freedom and Dignity’?

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