Canadian Mounties crack down on stun guns disguised as iPhones

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There’s no shortage of killer iPhone cases, including the Yellow Jacket, a stun gun case that can deliver 650,000 volts of electricity to an assailant while extending your iPhone’s battery life for 20 hours.

But why buy a case when you can use a stun gun disguised as an iPhone to get the drop on people instead? That seems to be the questionable logic that seems to be sweeping a small community in Canada, which has seen more than a couple of people fried by a fake iPhone stun gun.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been advising the public in an Alberta community to be on guard against suspicious-looking characters holding out iPhones.

According to the Mounties, they have seized three stun guns in the last few days that were disguised as Apple’s handset, including one that was used in a fight outside a bar.

The person carrying that iPhone stun gun is Angela James, 28, who faces charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon. She’ll appear before a judge on July 2.

It’s unknown at this point where the iPhone stun guns are coming from. But the stealth stunners apparently are designed to accomplish two things: to confuse potential victims by pulling out what appears to be a seemingly harmless iPhone and also to get a stun gun past security checkpoints.

Meanwhile, here in the States, if you want to electrocute someone with your iPhone, you have to buy them a dodgy third-party USB charger.

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