NEW HANDGUN DESIGN Folds Up Like Smartphone…But Is This Really A Good Idea?

Tell us your thoughts about this new gun design in the comment section below. Is this compact, folding gun a great idea or will it make going through security a nightmare? 

While gun control remains one of the biggest debates in the country, one man wants to make concealing guns easier. He created a pistol that folds into what looks like a smartphone — easy to carry and hard to detect.

CNN Money spoke with the creator of the Ideal Conceal Pistol, Kirk Kjellberg of Minnesota, who said he got the inspiration for the handgun after a little kid saw his concealed pistol in a restaurant and told his mom, bringing unwanted attention to the fact that he was packing heat.

The problem with his product is it may stoke fears rather than quell them.

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The pistol itself is a double-barreled .380-caliber derringer that only holds two bullets and can only be fired when it is folded out. It isn’t available for sale yet and the patent is still pending, but it looks like Ideal Conceal has the intention of producing it.

Because the gun is disguised even when it isn’t concealed, it may require a concealed carry permit even if you aren’t hiding it depending on your state’s laws. In New York, weapons that are disguised to look like something other than a firearm are illegal.

While this may seem like a great idea for gun owners who don’t want to alarm people with the presence of their firearm, what about the people who have bad intentions? The Ideal Conceal Pistol can easily be brought anywhere, making it past metal detectors and security pat downs under the guise of being a phone. If anything, the existence of this weapon could make security even more of a pain to get through — imagine if everybody’s smartphones had to be inspected on top of everything else. Via: Mashable

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