Bad Ideas

This Case Turns Your iPhone Into a Fake Handgun

Please don't buy us this — not even the hot pink one.

K. (Japan Trend Shop)

K. (Japan Trend Shop)

We’ve seen some pretty weird things up for sale on the Japan Trend Shop, but this handgun-shaped iPhone case might be their craziest product yet.

For $40, online shoppers can purchase “The Gun Grip Case iPhone 5 Cover” (cool name!), an iPhone 5 case that’s shaped exactly like a handgun.

You can also download the accompanying free app, which turns your iPhone screen into an interactive gun barrel — perfect for playing gun-related games at parties, the site says. (Brush up on your language skills though, because the app is only available in Japanese.)    

Here’s the unsettlingly cheerful product description:

“More a piece of equipment than a regular ‘cover,’ the Gun Grip Case transforms your iPhone 5 into a handgun! Available in black, white or pink, this fake ‘pistol’ works with an app so you can interact with a digital version of the gun in the same color on your iPhone 5 screen. The app means you can play games of Russian Roulette at parties! Don’t worry, you can’t actually shoot anyone!”

That’s cool — it does suck when our party guests get accidentally shot. Also, this handgun thing definitely sounds safer than the phone case equipped with an actual, working stun-gun.

But in all seriousness, can we stop turning handguns into trendy accessories? They’re not cute, stylish or funny; they’re really dangerous weapons that can be used to kill people. 

Instead, buy an iPhone case that makes you healthier — well, maybe. 

(h/t Gizmodiva)

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