US senator says gun resembling phone ‘is just a disaster waiting to happen’

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NEW YORK – A U.S. senator 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.

Sen. Charles Schumer said the gun, being promoted online by a company calling itself Ideal Conceal,

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 calibre gun. The site lauds its “high velocity, increased accuracy,” and the weapon has a list price of $395.

“Smartphones are EVERYWHERE, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment,” the Ideal Conceal site says.

Emails to Ideal Conceal were not answered.

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Schumer said the gun could potentially be illegal, that 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.

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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 cellphone case that made a phone look like a gun.

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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.”

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

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