U.S. company Ideal Conceal to sell gun disguised as smartphone
Mar 29, 2016 08:47 AM EDT
The United States will soon be able to use a smartphone-shaped gun that can hold two bullets and could easily slip into a pocket. The Minnesota-based company, Ideal Conceal, claimed that it will be selling the new weaponry from mid-2016.
According to Dailymail UK, Ideal Conceal announced on its website, "Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire." It added, "Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today's environment. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight."
PHYS.ORG reported that the company will be creating a gun that is a double-barrelled .380 caliber folding pistol that will sell for $395. The Americans are still divided over the gun rights between those who want to carry firearms out of self-defence and others who support better gun control to fight an epidemic of shooting deaths in the country.
Moreover, firearms kill a total of 30,000 people in the United States every year. However, Republican lawmakers, several of whom are backed by the powerful National Rifle Association, have hindered President Barack Obama's attempt to pass the gun control legislation.
"No one wants to be in a dreadful situation that may require you to defend yourself with the use of deadly force," Ideal Conceal's website said. It went on to claim, "Yet as the old adage goes: 'It's better to have a gun and not need one, than to need a gun and not have one."
Ideal Conceal CEO Kirk Kjellberg, who holds a permit to carry a concealed firearm, stated that he thought of the smartphone-shaped gun after a child at a restaurant saw his gun, as noted by The International Business Times. "This little kid says, 'mummy, mummy, that man's got a gun,' so the whole restaurant looks at you like you're about to shoot the place up. So I thought to myself there's got to be another way to be able to carry without bothering other people," Kjellberg revealed.
However, the CEO also vowed that the gun cannot be fired when it closed into its smartphone camouflage shape. The trigger will only be shown once it is fully opened.
Meanwhile, Ideal Conceal's CEO revealed that the biggest challenge of creating such weaponry will be meeting the demand. He even claimed that so far he has already received almost 2,500 emails from interested buyers.