In a world … where guns look like cellphones and cellphones look just like guns … then what? That part of the ludicrous, unfortunately real-life American plot twist hasn’t been worked out yet, but we could all soon be residents of this new world, because a Minnesota “startup” has developed a hand gun that looks exactly like a cellphone. The company, Ideal Conceal, is in the process of bringing to market the double-barrel .380-caliber gun because, well, as the website says: “The right of self-defense is the first law of nature.”
“Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire,” the company website reads. “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.”
Here’s how this bright idea got cooked up, from NBC-affiliate KARE:
CEO Kirk Kjellberg said he got the idea for the gun at a restaurant, after getting his permit to carry – and quickly realizing he’d like to be more concealed. “I walked towards the restroom and a little child, a boy about 7, saw me and said, ‘Mommy, mommy, that guy’s gotta gun,’” he said. “The whole restaurant of course turns and stares at you and I thought, ‘There’s just gotta be something better to do than this.’”
And voilà! The end of the innocent selfie. And a nightmare for police, regular old cellphone owners, TSA, millennials, baby boomers, teenagers, photographers, men, women, anyone else? Kjellberg told NBC News that the Ideal Conceal is “the same size as his Galaxy S7 phone with a protective case on it: About 3 inches by 5 inches.” A prototype of the gun will be ready to be sold in October for a list price of $395.