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cell phone guns a real threat to police...
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Have you ever heard of a cell-phone gun?
It's one of the reasons Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott says his deputies were justified in snatching a Fort Myers man's cell phone.
The man was using it to record deputies searching his car.
But no one 4 In Your Corner asked -- from local fire arms experts to other police departments and even federal agencies -- seemed that concerned about the threat of cell phone guns as expressed by Sheriff Scott.
"He wasn't doing anything to threaten the officer, and he wasn't doing anything to interfere with their investigation," said the man's attorney Dave Shestokas.
Sheriff Scott disagrees, telling 4 In Your Corner in an email Monday: "The probable cause traffic stop, K-9 alert, presence of a firearm, and [the man's] lack of candor created a scenario where the potential for him to summon others to the scene via his cell phone was an officer safety concern."
Sheriff Scott went on to say: "It is a well documented fact that pagers, cell phones, and other commonly carried devices have in fact proven to be firearms."
In an effort to back up his claim. the sheriff sent Fox 4 a link to a video of a purported cell-phone gun being fired.
It was posted in 2007.
In the nearly 15 years since federal agencies first heard the devices were discovered in Europe, firearms experts tell Fox 4 cell-phone guns aren't easy to come by.
"That's just one person that we've seen on YouTube, so we don't know if that's just a prototype," said John Dezendorf of Fowler Firearms and Gun Range in Fort Myers.
"But I know none of my distributors are carrying them and nobody is selling them a round here locally," he added.
"I don't see it being a huge issue for one thing because I don't know of anyone who actually has one."
Four In Your Corner also contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department, the largest police department in the southeast U.S.
The Miami-Dade police public information office said its officers have never encountered a cell-phone gun.
And the FBI and ATF told 4 In Your Corner while law enforcement bulletins have occasionally gone out about cell-phone guns, their public information offices have not been able to find instances of the agencies actually encountering one."Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton
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