The left often complains about states allowing concealed carry; they posit that it’s dangerous because guns get into the wrong hands. Most of us know the evidence paints a very different picture. But what about when it comes to guns that really don’t look like guns? Should the rules for concealed carry still apply, and should people be able to carry them wherever and whenever they want? One company who now sells guns that foldaway like smartphones seems to think so.
• The US. The Ideal Conceal .380 calibre handgun contains a folding mechanism that allows the grip to be folded up and alongside the rectangular device. When closed, it looks very much like a standard iPhone or Android smartphone.
• There is no muzzle; instead, double-barreled exit points for bullets sits at the end of the smartphone, disguised as headphone jacks or audio ports. They’re small, inconspicuous, and nearly unidentifiable from a distance.
• Ideal Conceal, a Minnesota-based company producing the gun, has colloquially nicknamed it “the iPhone gun.” The company reported 12,000 pre-order sales at $395 in the first quarter of 2017 alone.
• Some European countries claim the gun is being smuggled in illegally from the United States. This includes Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom. All three have concerns that it may be used in terrorism plots.
• For its part, Ideal Conceal does claim that the gun is “”virtually undetectable” unless you know what you’re looking for. It’s also remarkably fast and relies on barrel-free shooting to achieve high velocity after each shot.
• Ideal Conceal markets the gun for safety. “The idea for Ideal Conceal follows the present-day demand for handguns that people can carry on a day to day basis, in a manner that makes carrying a gun easy to do. From soccer moms to professionals of every type, this gun allows you the option of not being a victim.”