Ideal Conceal, a startup from Minnesota is developing a two-shot pistol that folds into something that looks like a smartphone, that is easy to carry and hard to identify.
“Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire,” says the company website. “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.”
Speaking with CNN Money, Kirk Kjellberg, founder of Ideal Conceal mentioned the reason behind this concept. He was walking through a restaurant while a kid saw his pistol and told his mom that created unwanted attention.
“This little kid says, ‘Mommy, Mommy, that man’s got a gun,’ so the whole restaurant looks at you like you’re about to shoot the place up,” he explained to CNN Money. “So I thought to myself there’s got to be another way to be able to carry without bothering other people.”
The ideal conceal gun itself is a double-barreled .380-caliber derringer, with two bullets loaded into two barrels. You can only fire when it is folded out. The patent is still pending so you can’t buy it now.
However, the concern with this product is that it may stoke fears rather than quell them. It sounds like a great idea for the gun owners who don’t want to make people afraid of the presence of their guns. Also, it can be a great thing for the people with bad intention. They can carry them anywhere they want, without letting the people know, which can increase the crime rate.
“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,” said Bill Johnson, executive director and general counsel for the National Association of Police Organizations.