A new iPhone case that resembles a firearm is now one of the easiest and most dangerous ways to get a police officer’s attention.
Perhaps it’s just an iPhone case and, perhaps, it looks cool because of the anarchist elements, but to a police officer, a phone that is dressed like a real gun will most likely be treated like a real gun.
A spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey, Della Fave, said that the recent images seen on Facebook portraying a female fashioning the case in her back pocket looks exactly like the handle of a semi-automatic compact pistol. Fave said:
“The first thing a police officer is going to see as it’s coming up is the trigger guard and the butt of the gun. This doesn’t seem like a good idea at all to me.”
When the woman takes the gun out of her pocket and puts it to her ear simulating a phone conversation, Fave said it looks like the woman is brandishing a gun.
The phone case is being sold online at prices ranging from $5 to $49. The case’s manufacturers are not clear at this point, however, the case is not illegal, it just looks illegal.
There is very little authorities can do to prevent the purchasing of this case except to say it is a bad idea. The retired New Jersey officer, Fave, said,
“If someone reaches for it, in my mind they’re reaching for a gun.”
Is this iPhone case too dangerous to carry around or too cool not to have?