Police decry cellphone case shaped like handgun; senator calls it 'disaster waiting to happen'

Police across the country are warning about the dangers of a cellphone case that's shaped like a handgun, saying it could be mistaken for the real thing.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is urging online retailers to stop selling the case, and police are asking consumers not to buy it. Schumer says it lacks a required orange marking that identifies it as harmless.

He says advertisements indicate the case can be displayed in a pocket, as though it's a real weapon.

He called the gun-shaped case a "disaster waiting to happen."

Amazon.com told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1HNDxwO ) on Tuesday that the item is no longer listed on its site.

The case can also be used with a Russian roulette app that transforms the phone's screen into the image of a gun barrel.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com