"We just realized it was a growing complaint we were getting. We started to see calls that were being escalated and becoming more violent," Soto said earlier. "There's a time and a place for a lot of different types of activities. I think being in the middle of a group of people is probably not the best time." [...]
The new ordinance states that it is illegal for anyone to possess, carry or use a whip in the downtown corridor without a permit. It also states that it is illegal for anyone to crack a whip to "injure, annoy, interfere with, or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others" within city limits. It doesn't apply to private property.
The Reno City Council has banned the possession and use of whips without a permit in the greater downtown area after police reported a steep increase over the past two years of 911 calls from residents who mistake the sound of a cracking whip for gunfire.