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    Hitting the 5, 6, 7 and 8 buttons on the
    gunphone fires four .22 caliber rounds
    in quick succession.



    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.

    The US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are aware of the device and have instructed baggage screeners to be on the lookout for suspicious mobile phones. This is especially after 9/11.

    European law enforcement officials — stunned by the discovery of these deadly decoys — say phone guns are changing the rules of engagement in Europe.

    Airport authorities across Europe are implementing systems to X-ray all cell phones


    “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.”

    The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Customs Service say they’ve been briefed on the new weapons.

    “This criminal invention represents a potentially serious threat to law enforcement and the public,” said U.S. Customs Service Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.
    “We received word about these guns last month. We have since alerted our field personnel to be on the lookout for ‘cell phone guns’ at U.S. ports of entry.”

    Guns on the Move
    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.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 the keypad from numbers five to eight.

    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,” says Zandbergen.


    U.S. authorities, including the FBI, ATF, Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Customs Service Authority have been supplied detailed information and pictures of these new weapons.

    “They’ve been given a heads up,” said Jim Crandall, ATF spokesman.
    To date no phone guns have been discovered either in the United States or in the process of being smuggled in, authorities say. But they know it’s only a matter of time.

    FAA spokeswoman Rebecca Trexler said airport security officers had been trained to deal with this new threat.

    “We don’t want to tell the bad guys exactly what we’re looking for,” she says, “We are trying to stay one step ahead.”Will Affect Travelers

    Airport authorities across Europe are implementing systems to X-ray all cell phones, those procedures will likely be followed by airports around the world.
    “This is just one more item that we need to pay special attention to because nowadays, of course just about every passenger carries a mobile phone,” says the spokesman for Frankfurt airport security.

    Customs officials in the U.S. say their safety procedure has normally been to require travelers to turn their phones on, however that may no longer be enough. Cell phone users will have to be made aware that reaching for their phones in some circumstances could be misinterpreted as a threat by authorities.
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    pic

    pic of the cellphone gun.
    Last edited by gixxer32404; 10-05-2008, 09:44 PM.
    THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS WEBSITE/BLOG ARE MINE ALONE AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF MY EMPLOYER.

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    • #3
      That thing has been kicking around for about 10 years.
      Wisdom - Having a lot to say, but knowing when to keep it to yourself.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LiveNlearn View Post
        That thing has been kicking around for about 10 years.
        Yeah, look at that "phone". lol
        I believe I speak for everyone here sir, when I say, to Hell with our orders.
        -Lieutenant Commander Data
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        • #5
          so what u saying? i didn't need to post it?
          THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS WEBSITE/BLOG ARE MINE ALONE AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF MY EMPLOYER.

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          • #6
            Reminds me of the .22 Pager gun which was floating around in Australia back in the 90's. Since no-one carries such large pagers if at all, I think it just proved to be unpopular.
            "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gixxer32404 View Post
              so what u saying? i didn't need to post it?
              No, I think he was just saying most of us were already aware of such devices. Those of us that weren't aware need to know they are out there. So yeah, posting it was a good thing.
              I believe I speak for everyone here sir, when I say, to Hell with our orders.
              -Lieutenant Commander Data
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              • #8
                Originally posted by gixxer32404 View Post
                so what u saying? i didn't need to post it?
                I agree with Tennsix, I would rather see and read about it ten times as opposed to not having seen it at all. We all need constant reminding that these insidious things do exist and we ignore their existance at our peril.
                My young friend, you done good!
                Enjoy the day,
                Bill

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                • #9
                  We got a passdown about this a while back:
                  The ARES Defense Systems .410 "MAG LITE"



                  Police Officer

                  Experience: Bouncer, EMT, Theme Park Security, Money Transport, Armed Guard

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dannyr619 View Post
                    We got a passdown about this a while back:
                    The ARES Defense Systems .410 "MAG LITE"



                    Hmm...I may or may not have known a guy who knew a guy who made one of those when I was bored in my shop...only difference was mine was .22 because it was easier to do a firing pin set-up on a rimfire. Also, Ares hasn't made this jewel in probably 10 years. Apparently, Mag-Lite did not appreciate the use of their product...
                    Last edited by doulos Christou; 03-16-2008, 05:11 PM.

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                    • #11
                      I agree also. Whether it's a "cell phone" or the "mag-lite," I'd much rather keep hearing and/or reading about these things whenever another 1 pops up.
                      "Life In Every Breath"

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