Proposal Asks for Ban on Novelty Lighters

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi firefighters are asking legislators to ban the sale of novelty lighters that can be shaped like animals, guitars or guns. They're small enough to fit in children's hands and resemble toys.

Democratic Rep. Bob Evans of Monticello and Republican Sen. Videt Carmichael of Meridian have filed bills that would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to $150 per item for the sale and distribution of such lighters.

At least 13 other states already have banned the devices.

Mississippi Firefighters Association president Jeff Homan said children can be taught not to play with matches or regular cigarette lighters, but it's difficult to teach them not to play with lighters that look like toys.

The bills are House Bill 232 and Senate Bill 2286.

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