Startup designs concealed carry firearm that looks like a smartphone
The gun, set to be available mid-2016, has a design that’s making cops nervous
By PoliceOne Staff
MINNESOTA — Ideal Conceal, a startup, has created a new two-shot pistol that folds up to resemble a phone, CNN reported.
When folded, the palm-sized firearm can be slipped into an owner’s back pocket and carried virtually anywhere, but with one click of a button, the safety opens and the gun is ready to fire.
"Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today's environment,” Ideal Conceal told CNN. “In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight."
The .380-caliber derringer does not resemble a firearm at all when it’s folded and that has made police nervous.
"In general, the concept of any kind of weapon that's disguised, so that it's not apparent that it's a weapon, would be cause for concern," Bill Johnson, executive director and general counsel for the National Association of Police Organizations told CNN.
Depending on state laws, the firearm may require permits for carry.
The gun will be available mid-2016 and was estimated to be priced at $395. The company reportedly already received over 2,000 emails from eager buyers.