Guns That Look Like Cell Phones-Truth!  


Summary of eRumor:

There are new guns that look like cell phones.

The Truth:

Guns that look like cell phones are real, but they’re not new.

The most recent warnings about cell phones made to look like guns surfaced in February 2016. It started with a Facebook post by Karl de la Guerra that served as an “officer alert” about the new cell guns:

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Karl de la Guerra was referring to a cell phone gun being developed by a company called IDEAL Concept. And the cell phone gun is real, but it’s not on the market yet. The company says the patent is pending, and that it will be marketed to legal firearms enthusiasts at NRA shows — not criminals.

After his post was shared nearly 100,000 times, Karl de la Guerra clarified in a follow up post that he didn’t mean to imply that cell phone gun shouldn’t be sold, or that it would only be sold to criminals. He said his intent was to note that it could pose a threat to law enforcement officials:

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And reports about cell guns are nothing new. The first one we investigated dates back to 2000. Back then, European officials issued a warning that .22 caliber guns were being manufactured to look like cellular telephones.  Travelers were warned to be careful around airports in particular because they authorities were having to contend with judging whether cell phones carried by air passengers may be lethal.

There were many media accounts of these cell-guns including. Much of the information that has been repeated around the Internet was included in a report by Lucrezia Cuen of ABC News on December 6, 2000:

At first sight it looks like a regular cell phone — same size, same shape, same overall appearance.

But 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.

“We find it very, very alarming,” says Wolfgang Dicke of the German Police union. “It means police will have to draw their weapons whenever a person being checked reaches for their mobile phone.”

Authorities warned that cell-gun can fire four .22 caliber rounds, and that they posed a particular risk to travelers. The U.S. Customs Service provided this photo of a cell phone gun along with a warning for travelers:











So, warnings about cell guns have been around since at least 2000, and they actually do exist, but they haven’t caused any problems that we could find over the years.

(Photo: U.S. Customs Service)

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

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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.