Senator calls on feds to investigate smartphone gun

By Cheryl Chumley

Sen. Charles Schumer points at the new smartphone gun he'd like banned.
Sen. Charles Schumer points at the new smartphone gun he’d like banned.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., slammed the maker of a double-barreled handgun that folds to appear as a smartphone, saying the U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ought to step in and investigate.

“[It’s] a disaster waiting to happen,” Schumer said, speaking of the .380-caliber pistol made by Minnesota company Ideal Conceal, Fox News reported.

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The company touts its newest offering, expected to go on sale later this year, on its website as “virtually undetectable” when folded, “because it hides in plain sight.”

The website also states: “Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment.”

And that’s what has Schumer so upset.

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

But Ideal Conceal CEO Kirk Kjellberg said Schumer’s fears are unfounded.

“The idea that this is going to cause some new big threat is just not true,” he said, the Associated Press reported.

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