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Wednesday 23 July 2014

One is an iPhone, one is a lethal weapon: can you tell which?

Matthew Sparkes

Published 25/06/2014|12:51

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Canadian police have seized two potentially lethal stun guns disguised as iPhones and warned that anyone buying or carrying one faces arrest and prosecution.

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Hinton, Alberta, said that they had seized the devices this month and reminded the public that they are illegal to carry in the country.

Stun guns are prohibited in the UK and Canada where they are classed as weapons, but can be carried in around 42 US states.

The first device was confiscated after police received a report that someone was attempting to sell it online. The second was taken after reports of a disturbance outside a bar.

A woman has been arrested and remanded in custody and is due to face charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon in July, according to a report on Canada.com.

Earlier this year an iPhone case called Yellow Jacket was unveiled which doubled as a stun gun. The case had a built-in battery which doubled the standby time of the handset or powered 50 "zaps" of the 950,000 volt, 1.3 milliamp stun gun.

However, the device is no longer for sale and the company’s website is no longer available.

Answer: the stun gun is on the left, the real iPhone is on the right

Telegraph.co.uk

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