The city of Las Vegas is banning fake firearms on Fremont Street.
As for the article itself, the gnashing of teeth makes the agenda clear. The anti-gunners will be after preemption and open carry in earnest in 2021. US Supreme Court or not, open carry will be a hard battle to win because almost all jurisprudence states that open carry cannot be banned, while concealed carry can be regulated. A reversal of that would likely lead to permitless open carry.
And yes, yours truly and others have openly carried on Fremont Street without issue. See pictures related.
Why can’t you carry a fake gun on Fremont Street? Well, here in America we take firearms seriously. They are dangerous objects and an in a land of open carry (and mass shootings) we don’t appreciate frivolous displays of weapons. Some reproduction weapons are indistinguishable from real weapons except by in-hand examination. One can only imagine what a busker or a tourist might do, or a tourist might think, if an imitation firearm were mishandled.
Part of this reaction is typical government BS borne either in liability or in an anti-gun fervor. For the above reasons, it’s not unreasonable to place some limits on what the freaks do downtown under the neon lights. Just imagine a squad of rifle-twirling buskers smacking someone in the face with a color guard rifle; orange tipped or not, that’s gonna hurt.
What’s interesting is the false dichotomy of “fake guns banned; real guns legal.” Yes, to someone who is willingly ignorant or simply retarded, the incongruity seems strange.
Real guns are constitutionally protected and open carry especially so. State preemption of firearm laws also prevent “no gun” ordinances in the tourist areas, which they would enact if they could get away with it. The Strip and Downtown are shitholes with tourist areas in the middle; without heavy security and police patrols, they would be as scummy as a few blocks away are. No one should be disarmed because gun-hating politicians and casino moguls say so.
Another interesting idea is that using a fake gun is part of one’s freedom of speech. Doing something for money may be within the government’s policing powers, but for instance, it would be hard to bust someone for engaging in political speech downtown with a toy gun.