The city of Reno, Nevada has outlawed the use of whips in the downtown area. You read correctly, whips.
According to a report from My News 4, there have been a high number of whip-related incidents in the downtown corridor in recent years. In fact, the police have been called on 170 occasions for incidents involving whips in the past year. A report from KOLO 8, states that this represents a 61% increase in whip-related calls to the police.
Sometimes the proverbial crack of the whip is mistaken for gunshots and reported as such. Naturally, this causes a strong response from the police. Whips have also been used in fights and altercations. The state of Nevada is known for its livestock and ranching industry. That said, a whip does seem highly unnecessary in an urban setting. Proponents of the whip suggest that it is a viable form of self-defense.
Whatever the case, it truly is fascinating that this was a big enough issue for the city to step in and create a new law. One thing is sure, Indiana Jones might have some trouble if he decides to visit Reno.