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New York - Gun That Looks Like A Phone Causes A Stir, Schumer Wants Investigation

Published on: April 4, 2016 08:00 PM
By: AP
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U.S. Sen Charles Schumer, (D-New York), stands beside two photographs of what appears to be a cell phone, but is actually a handgun, during a press conference in his office, Monday, April 4, 2016, in New York. According to the website of Ideal Conceal, the company that is developing the product, their handgun is a double-barreled .380 caliber gun that can serve as a concealed weapon. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)U.S. Sen Charles Schumer, (D-New York), stands beside two photographs of what appears to be a cell phone, but is actually a handgun, during a press conference in his office, Monday, April 4, 2016, in New York. According to the website of Ideal Conceal, the company that is developing the product, their handgun is a double-barreled .380 caliber gun that can serve as a concealed weapon. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday called on the federal Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate before a gun that looks like an iPhone comes to market, but the head of the company making it said concern over the two-shot weapon was misplaced.

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The New York Democrat said the gun, being promoted online by a Minnesota company calling itself Ideal Conceal, “is just a disaster waiting to happen.”

On its website and Facebook page, Ideal Conceal has images that show something that looks like a phone in its case. But it can open into a .380 caliber gun. The site lauds its “high velocity, increased accuracy,” and the weapon has a list price of $395.

CEO Kirk Kjellberg said the gun would likely be ready for sale later in the year. He pushed back against the outrage, pointing out that there are already small, easily concealed guns with more firepower than two shots on the market, as well as a wide range of holsters for practically every part of the body.

“The idea that this is going to cause some new big threat is just not true,” he said, calling it a defensive weapon only. Kjellberg has a concealed carry license. He said he came up with the idea for the gun after a young child in a restaurant caught a glimpse of his weapon and pointed it out.

Schumer said a gun looking like an everyday item could violate federal law, which was why he was asking the Justice Department and the ATF to investigate.

He said it posed a threat to law enforcement if it was allowed to be sold, because they could find themselves in a situation where they wouldn’t know if a suspect was pulling out a phone or a gun.

Schumer spoke out last year against a phone case that made a phone look like a gun.

On Monday, he said, “Just like toys that too much look like handguns should not be sold, handguns that look too much like toys should not be sold.”

ATF had no comment, and the Department of Justice did not respond to an email seeking comment.



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 Apr 04, 2016 at 09:46 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

We haven't seen Senator Schumer on the front page in months. Has he been sick?

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 01:32 AM ayoyo Says:

You can create a gun with a 3 d. printer that will work

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 04:47 AM Raphael_Kaufman Says:

What's the big deal? Cops are already shooting people because they think a cell phone is a gun. With this thing, Cops may be right for a change.

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