US police departments raise awareness against the use of gun-shaped iPhone cases

Although you can find a multitude cases for virtually any smartphone out there, there's no doubt that smartphone case manufacturers treat Apple's iPhone series with a lot of attention, a thing that's obviously in close connection to the iPhone's massive popularity. Third-party iPhone cases can add quite a bit of versatility to the iPhone: there are cases that are fun and colorful, cases that provide extra protection against the accidental drop, waterproof iPhone cases, and even cases that can charge the handset. Unfortunately, it turns out that there's an iPhone case out there that's so dangerous it might actually get you killed. 

U.S. police departments from across the country are trying to raise awareness against using gun-shaped iPhone cases. The reasoning behind these warnings is that, due to the gun shape of the case, wearing your iPhone in your back pocket will make you look like you're actually carrying a firearm. While this may seem cool at first, it looks like police officers might have a tough time figuring out if you're pulling out an iPhone to take a selfie or drawing a weapon. 

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in Tom's River, New Jersey, recently posted this on Facebook:

Please folks - this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea.  A police officers job is hard enough, without...

Posted by Ocean County Prosecutor's Office on Monday, June 29, 2015

Other police departments, such as the New York City Police Department's 112 Precinct chipped in with a similar message on the Twitter:

Up until today, gun-shaped iPhone cases could be ordered from Amazon for about $5. Fortunately, Amazon has since decided to remove this type of cases from its listings in response to multiple user comments suggesting the removal.

What do you guys think of gun-shaped iPhone cases, are they cool or lethally dangerous?

source: Mashable



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Anyone with this case deserves anything that happens. Purely idiotic.

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I agree, but then somebody else will have a bad life from this. Cop shoot somebody with something meant to fool them into thinking it's a gun? That cop is going to have a bad time with the investigation. It's like drunk drivers. I'd be fine with it if they'd only ruin their own lives.

18. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

I think if you have a cellphone case that looks like a gun it should be a free ride for the cop that shoots you we desperatly need to "weed out" some of this ignorance in the world. and further more it should not even be stated which cop shot you just "some random cop shot the victom who was an idiot" because God forbid the press get ahold of the cops/victoms race and turn it in to something more than an idiot getting shot

32. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Would have been nice to have been cred for this tip Phonearena.. poor form

15. waddup121 unregistered

Oew oew

17. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

people have the right to have this case. they just need to remember when the cop shoots them that they were an idiot and have the right to die

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Do ppl really need to be told about something like this? Anyone who use this know what's coming sooner or later.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move Amazon. This case is gonna get someone killed.

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No, cops that shoot first and ask questions later are what get people killed. That being said, the cases are completely stupid. I don't know why anyone would want one.

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well in a country where almost all criminals have guns, I would also shoot first. Especially if the person got something that looked like a gun.

28. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

So what if all the criminals have guns? What does that have to do with killing an innocent person? I just hope to god you aren't a cop. As a cop, you are the one taking a risk, not the average public. If you die on the job, then that is part of the risk you assumed when you took the job.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This could defiantly get someone hurt or worse because cops shoot to kill once they think you've pulled a gun.

6. cruzfire

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Buying this case is the second most stupid thing to do by humans, first is handing real guns to random rednecks.

7. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

...I didn't even know there were gun cases until today. Man, people never cease to

8. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

You and me both. Like seriously?

9. BobLawblaw unregistered

The world is infested with idiots..

24. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

That wouldn't be dramatic. The real problem is that the world is infested with idiots CARRYING GUNS.

27. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, more guns, more gun violence, unfortunately it seems some people think that because criminals can have weapons, people should have weapons to defend themselves, and while that reasoning is understandable, it isn't realistic. If criminals know their victims can have guns, they are not going to risk their lives, and are going to shoot first, where if they don't have that risk, why would they add murder to their sentence if they get caught. Escalation seems to be what people think is the answer though when it comes to weapons, and I just don't get it :(

11. chri5tin3

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Anyone that uses this thing is an idiot but seriously? The US police departments need to calm the f*ck down! Why would someone get killed over this? Unless they were aiming it at people I don't see why cops would feel the need to shoot someone for no reason. Like another commenter said, they shoot first and ask questions later. I'd love to live in the US but this whole issue of police brutality and taking advantage of your power really bugs me out.

19. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

The lack of vision is idiotic - why would smb get killed with this case? Hmm lets put thinking caps on... you walk home from a awsome party and it will get even more interesting when a mugger, with a gun jumps, and " asks" for your phone - what do you think would that person do if u would pull a gun out of ur back pocket? In another situation 2 groups are engaged in a "friendly" fight, and one of the people is geting its "gun" out, to call cops - smb pulled a gun in fight. Ur just an idiot who cant understand that pulling a gun like object might be a problem! I dare you to do that in a bank! Sue, a teen with smth that looks like a gun is yelling snd running to you - what will u do?

12. marcusxv

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 20, 2015

what is this suppose to protect ur freedom lol

13. GeekMovement unregistered

Stupid and worthless case.

14. dimas

Posts: 3366; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I say, let amazon sell this and let natural selection do it's part.

20. Tizo101

Posts: 543; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

this is for kids ryt? otherwise you would look really dumb caring that (even an 18 year old looks stupid with that)

21. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

I don't think anyone looks intelligent carrying this.

22. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

The death wish case. Cops are so trigger happy they won't even ask if it's real before opening fire. I can't blame them if they do shoot because the handle is too real.

23. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

I can see the title of Michael Moore's new documentary already: "Bowling for Cupertine" :( Seriously, what's this thing between US citizens and guns? What's it going to take to learn the lesson? If a shooting in an elementary school hasn't stopped this madness, what will it take? Forgive me if I'm a bit ignorant about this issue that is protected by your constitution, but it's been 200+ years now, haven't you evolve as a society? Isn't it time to adapt?

29. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Adapt to what? The love of big government? The reason for the second amendment was to protect the countries citizens from tyrannical government, just like the one they broke free from. Does the government have bigger weapons than guns, sure. But it's better something over nothing. Maybe you shouldn't take Michael Moore as gospel. He is a fat, hypocritical, blowhard.

34. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Amazing. I must say I never saw this argument. So the reason that Americans stock pile guns is for the day the Government decides to take out it's citizens with big weapons? Well, I have to admit that's one argument I would have trouble debating against, but I seriously hope you have more luck with your guns than I would have with my arguing.

25. gaming64 unregistered

So Gay marriage received more publicity than people who lost lives because of stupid cops. My God humanity has devolved to this point.

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