MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The sale of spray paint to minors will be banned in Shelby County, effective July 25.
The Shelby County Commission voted 9-3 on Monday to bar stores from selling cans of pressurized paint and so-called "graffiti sticks to anyone under 18 years old. Graffiti sticks contain a solid form of paint that is applied by pressure.
The ban will apply to areas of the county outside the city limits of Memphis, according to The Commercial Appeal.
Commissioner Henri E. Brooks sponsored the measure, which she calls the start of a war on graffiti.
Commissioner Heidi Shafer voted against the measure, saying the intent is good, but she doubts it will be effective and the ban will hurt merchants.
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