Police departments and anti-gun advocates argue that these cases are an accident waiting to happen.
One of the iPhone gun case is being sold at the website JapanTrendShop.com for $49. It comes with an app in which you can “play games of Russian Roulette at parties!”
“Don’t worry, you can’t actually shoot anyone!” the website states. Other types of these cases are advertised on the internet for as little as $10. Critics are calling for the iPhone gun case to be banned, saying that they could easily be mistaken for a real firearm by a police officer, especially at night.
— NYPD 112th Precinct (@NYPD112Pct) June 30, 2015
The case’s design makes it appear the user has a gun in their pocket, when it’s really just their phone.
“If I were a cop and it was dark and I saw this (case) on a person, my first thought would be to pull my gun and defuse the threat,” said community activist Tony Herbert.
The case comes with an app that projects an image of the rest of a gun on the phones screen, completing the look.