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Police Officers Warned About Cell Phone 'Guns'

Associated Press News Wire (
Thu, 18 May 2006 13:56:37 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Police Department has warned officers to
watch out for a type of rare custom-made pistol, disguised as a cell

Federal authorities have been issuing warnings about the specially
made .22 caliber handgun since at least 2000, when several were
recovered by law enforcement authorities in Europe.

The weapons, which use a spring-wound percussion system to fire up to
four .22 caliber bullets, have continued to surface occasionally

The NYPD issued a warning to its commanders about the weapon in a
directive on May 11, the New York Post reported.

The memo included pictures of the weapon and a description of how it
works. It asked police conducting security screening at police
headquarters or borough courthouses to be cautious handling cell
phones during searches.

Video of the pistol in action has circulated widely on the Internet.

Copyright 2006 Newsday Inc.
Copyright 2006 Associated Press

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