Minnesota startup Ideal Conceal has designed a gun that folds up to look exactly like a cell phone. Many people are reeling over the possible security threats and issues surrounding such a concealable weapon, but many are also wondering what appeal this product has.
Kirk Kjellberg, the creator of Idea Conceal claims that the gun was designed for gun owners that want to legally carry a concealed firearm without drawing awkward attention in public. While this certainly seems like a niche market, an estimated 4,000 people have already expressed interest in owning one.
The Idea Conceal folds out into a .380 caliber double barrel handgun, but is only about the size of a Galaxy S7 phone and folds up to be stored in a pocket, purse, or clipped to an individuals side.
While proponents of the Ideal Conceal support a easily concealable firearm for personal safety and family protection, there has been a large outcry about a firearm that closely resembles an everyday product that almost every person has by their side. Even the product’s website states “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.”
Justifiably, police and government officials have expressed huge concern over a firearm that “hides in plain sight” as it poses a large security threat. Parents also worry that a firearm disguised as a cell phone can be extremely dangerous around children. Still, the Idea Conceal’s creator claims that the firearm will not be able to pass through metal detectors undetected, as there is the same amount of hardware in the Ideal Conceal as your typical handgun. Still, there aren’t always metal detectors in everyday life, and a weapon as concealable as this may easily slip by unnoticed.
Although the item is highly contentious, the Ideal Conceal will be available to the public later this year.