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Las Vegas Bans Bags, Backpacks At Protests Amid Violence

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Protesters in Las Vegas are no longer allowed to wear backpacks, carry large purses or push strollers after a police officer was shot at a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to pass an emergency temporary ordinance banning many types of baggage at protests to prevent concealed weapons from entering demonstration crowds.

The ordinance is in effect until July 31 but could be canceled before then. Violators face fines of up to $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Exceptions include people who have devices for medical reasons and journalists carrying equipment.