Furor Over Gun That Looks Like Smart Phone Continues

A senator is calling for an investigation about the easily concealed backup firearm, which hasn't been fully made.
A senator is calling for an investigation about the easily concealed backup firearm, which hasn't been fully made.web photo

Anti-gunners are still getting fired up about a gun that doesn't even exist yet, with notorious gun control advocate Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling for the federal Department of Justice and the ATF to investigate the now infamous cell-phone gun.

Don't get this confused with the bad idea that is a smart phone case that makes a phone resemble a gun. This is a proposed, two-barrel, two-shot pistol with a folding grip that covers the trigger, making it look something sort-of like a smart phone in a case. Without a screen. It's supposed to be chambered in .380 and may be released by the end of the year with a price of $395.

Schumer is calling the gun, proposed by a company called Ideal Conceal, "just a disaster waiting to happen," according to this story from cbslocal.com.

Schumer said a gun that looks like an everyday item may violate federal law, which is what he wants to ATF and the DOJ to investigate.

"Schumer said it posed a threat to law enforcement if it was allowed to be sold, because they could find themselves in a situation where they wouldn’t know if a suspect was pulling out a phone or a gun.”

Many would say that’s the exact dilemma a police officer faces every single time a suspect reaches into their pocket for anything, and they rarely have time to even distinguish if the item could be a phone.

The CEO of Ideal Conceal, Kirk Kjellberg, has pushed back against the “outrage,” pointing out that there are already many small, easily concealed handguns that have more firepower than a two-shot .380. There are also plenty of products allowing these small, lightweight guns (they’re called pocket pistols for a reason) to be concealed pretty much anywhere on the body.

“The idea that this is going to cause some new big threat is just not true,” Kjellberg said, calling it a defensive weapon only that can be easily concealed, complying with concealed carry laws in states where open carry is prohibited. Kjellberg, who carries concealed, said he got the idea when his firearms was accidentally showing in a restaurant and a child caught a glimpse of it and pointed it out.

Schumer said Monday, “Just like toys that too much look like handguns should not be sold, handguns that look too much like toys should not be sold.”

This photo gallery shows that firearms have long been concealed in everyday objects—canes, pocket watches, pens, radios, lighters, and even keys—yet none of these inventions have posed a grievous threat to law enforcement or anyone else, because they're usually inaccurate and/or under-powered, resulting in a last-resort self-defense firearm, just as Kjellberg says.