Guns That Look Like Cell Phones-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
This story says that European officials are finding .22 caliber guns that are manufactured to look like cellular telephones. It warns travelers to be careful, for example, around airport authorities because they are having to contend with judging whether cell phones carried by air passengers may be lethal.
There have been many media accounts of these cell-guns including a report by Lucrezia Cuen on ABCNews.com on December 6, 2000. Most of the information in this particular eRumor comes from that report.
The cell-gun can fire four .22 caliber rounds.
(Photo: U.S. Customs Service)
NDU SECURITY AWARENESS – TRAVELLERS NOTICE
Below forwarded for your information and awareness when travelling abroad.
Check out this video clip.
The video clip confirms this is a real threat. The point about overseas law enforcement officials’ sensitivity to cell phones should be a warning to you and make the point that such officials, especially customs officials don’t play jokes. So obey their instructions courteously and promptly
Here is something you should be aware of in your travels. These new covert guns were first discovered in October when Dutch police stumbled on a cache during a drug raid in Amsterdam. In another recent incident, a Croatian gun dealer was caught attempting to smuggle a shipment through Slovenia into Western Europe. Police say both shipments are believed to have originated in Yugoslavia. Interpol sent out a warning to law enforcement agencies around the world. European border police and customs officers are at a heightened state of alert at all ports, airports and border crossings.
“Beneath the digital face lies a .22-caliber pistol a phone gun capable of firing four rounds in quick succession with a touch of the otherwise standard keypad. European law enforcement officials stunned by the discovery of these deadly decoys say phone guns are changing the rules of engagement in Europe. It means police will have to draw their weapons whenever a person being checked reaches for their mobile phone. Although cell phone guns have not hit America yet, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Customs Service say they’ve been briefed on the new weapons. Realistic Appearance. “If you didn’t know they were guns, you wouldn’t suspect anything,” said Ari Zandbergen, spokesman for the Amsterdam police. “Only when you have one in your hand do you realize that they are heavier,” says Birgit Heib of the German Federal Criminal Investigation Agency. “The guns are loaded by twisting the phone in half. The .22-caliber rounds fit into the top of the phone under the screen. The lower half, under the keyboard, holds the firing pins. The bullets fire through the antenna by pressing numbers on the keypad. Amsterdam police says they are very sophisticated machines constructed inside gutted cell phones which do not light up or operate as real phones. These are very difficult to make. We believe experts are involved. ” The video clip shows the cell phone actually firing. Again, these phones have not hit the US, but they are in use in overseas. Keep that in mind if you are going through customs and are asked to turn over your cell phone to be checked. Never joke with Customs Officials.