One Minnesota company invented a handgun that, when folded up, looks exactly like your average smartphone. Because that's just what we need.
Branded as the "Ideal Conceal," the .380-caliber pistols will hit the market later this year. The company says the gun "will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight"at just 3 inches by 5 inches -- that isn't hard to conceive.
In the locked and folded position, you can hide the gun in your pocket like you would with your phone. At a price of $395, it'll cost about as much as a new phone, too.
But, according to the company's website, "with one click of the safety, it opens and is ready to fire."
Obviously, people are concerned. The creator, Kirk Kjellberg, who calls himself a "serial inventor," said of the threat it poses to security,
It's kind of an erroneous idea that this is any different from any other pistol, because when you run it through an x-ray, it has barrels and triggers and hammers — all the things other guns have. It has enough metal in it that it can't escape the metal detector.
He's also not at all worried about more children accidentally shooting themselves and essentially blames them, saying,
In America, we have lots of children in contact with pistols already. There's been quite a few incidents long before my product came along. For me, it's not the gun. It's the people. So if you have a pistol and you have children anywhere near you, it's your responsibility to lock that stuff up and keep it away from children.
Whatever you say, buddy.
In case you were skeptical before, now we can definitely ruin our lives with our handgun-smartphones.