Cops warn against gun-shaped iPhone case

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It's considered a dangerous accessory by police and critics, the New York Daily News reports.

A new iPhone case that gives the appearance of a real handgun has ignited controversy from police officers and anti-gun advocates who call the case a “deathtrap”.

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The case is made for iPhone 5 and 6 and is sold online or from street vendors. It comes in black, white and pink and sells for around $10 to $49, according to Amazon.com.

Another website, Japantrendshop.com, sells an app with the phone case that “puts a picture of a gun barrel on the iPhone’s screen,” New York Daily News reports.

Many people have demanded the phone case to be banned online and in stores, concerned that it can be mistaken for a real gun.

“They think it’s cute, but this is going to get our kids killed,” said Inez Rodriguez, a member of an anti-violence group in Brooklyn, said to the New York Daily News.

Police warn iPhone users not to carry the case because it could endanger “both the lives of those who carry it and the police officers whose job it is to rid the street of illegal guns,” said Patrick Lynch, the head of New York City’s largest police union, the Patrolman's Benevolent Association.

It's even prompted a response on social media from the New York Police Department's 112th Precinct in Queens, which tweeted: "I would NOT suggest purchasing this cell phone case."

An Apple representative told the Daily News the company “has nothing to do with the product.” They declined to comment further.

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