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GREAT FALLS- Local law enforcement agencies are warning people that novelty phone cases that look like guns could be very dangerous.

If you look at the phone from one angle it looks like a normal phone case.

But if you hold it up to your ear or carry it in your back pocket, it could be sending an entirely different message. 

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office says they haven't had trouble with teens walking around using gun-shaped phone cases but, they are taking precautions and raising awareness to the public.

"If your child is going to get one of these, be cognizant of where you're at and what the repercussions could be if someone thought it was a real weapon and did some kind of act against you," said Lewis and Clark County Sheriff, Leo Dutton. 

 "If you are a young person who is wearing your phone in school and it has a replica of a firearm, that's going to cause trouble," said Dutton. 

He says the problem starts when you have this case and you combine it with suspicious behavior.

"If it was a fake gun and they took it out and aimed it at someone, just wearing your handgun is not cause for pulling your handgun unless they have out of control behavior, and they would pull it and use it on you," said Dutton. 

According to the Washington Post, fake gun encounters have led to police shooting and killing 86 people in two years.

It's actually a crime if you wave your fake gun at someone and they think it's real.

In the state of Montana, if someone has a real gun on them and you're threatening them with a fake gun, Dutton says it could be their legal right to shoot you out of self-defense.

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