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Sword-style Umbrella Triggers SWAT Callout at Mass. Mall

April 21, 2011  | 


Burlington (Mass.) Police officials questioned the safety of a samurai sword-style umbrella, after SWAT officers cleared the Burlington Mall when a shopper called 911 to report it as a rifle.

"We live in a free country, and you can't regulate everything, but common sense should tell you something that can easily be mistaken for a weapon shouldn't be sold - and people shouldn't buy it," Burlington PD's Lt. Glen Mills tells the Boston Herald.

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Scott @ 4/21/2011 6:23 PM

You can't regulate everything,,,,, but you can try.

R. G. Montgomery @ 4/22/2011 7:41 PM

Actually, legislatures should realize they cannot regulate everything. And people should realize the world is not the socialist utopia the compulsive regulators promise.

Selia @ 10/18/2012 11:01 AM

To question something simply for looking like a weapon is simply ridiculous. If we go about it that way, then just about anything could be considered "unacceptable merchandise" because people have a tendency to over react and call out just about anything. Paintball guns wouldn't be allowed, as well as props for film students or photographers, and the umbrella itself has always looked like a weapon in the first place. Saying the product should be banned simply because someone reported it in the heat of the moment is only going to restrict the freedom of the people further and further until we are all just like cattle trapped by obsessive rules. Why can't adults just be responsible and act like adults instead of teenagers freaking out over every little thing? We're not in high school anymore, people.

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