iphone-gun-caseSmartphone cases come in many shapes and forms. Some are designed to protect, some are just for design and looks, while some are created just out of pure novelty, like a smartphone case shaped to look like a gun. It seems “clever” but this is a problem that police departments in the US are taking issue with.

Recently there have been warnings put out by the likes of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and by the NYPD’s 112th Precinct, telling people out there that equipping your smartphones in cases that looks like a gun is probably not the smartest thing to do. “Please folks – this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea. A police officers job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation. What do you think?”

Given that there have been a lot of police shootings making the news over the past year or so, it hardly seems like the best idea to try your luck. After all there are probably much better case out there that you can get for your money, right? Speaking to Mashable, Al Della Fave who is the spokesperson for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office mentioned that there have been no incidents yet.

However he notes that this could be potentially dangerous as people who draw weapons typically do so from their back pockets, which in this case could be mistaken for a gun.

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