Americans will soon be able to buy a smartphone-shaped gun that can hold two bullets and easily slip into a pocket.
The Minnesota-based company Ideal Conceal says it will sell the new weapon from mid-2016.
“Ingeniously designed to resemble a smartphone, yet with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire,” the company says on its website.
“Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment,” it adds. “In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.”
The gun is a double-barrelled .380 caliber folding pistol that will sell for $395, the company says.
Americans are deeply divided over gun rights between those who say carrying firearms is necessary for self-defense and others who support better gun control to fight an epidemic of shooting deaths in the country.
Firearms kill a total of 30,000 people each year.
However, Republican lawmakers, many of whom are backed by the powerful National Rifle Association, have blocked President Barack Obama’s attempt to pass gun control legislation.
“No one wants to be in a dreadful situation that may require you to defend yourself with the use of deadly force,” Ideal Conceal’s website says. “Yet as the old adage goes: ‘It’s better to have a gun and not need one, than to need a gun and not have one.'”
Law enforcers may have a different view.
“In general, the concept of any kind of weapon that’s disguised, so that it’s not apparent that it’s a weapon, would be cause for concern,” Bill Johnson, director of the National Association of Police Organizations, told CNN.
Eight states allow carrying concealed guns without a permit to do so.
Multiple NSC officials are ‘rolling the dice’ and running to House investigators against Trump’s wishes: Politico reporter
Speaking with MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart, Politico Legal Affairs correspondent Josh Gerstein said Donald Trump's troubles may get worse this week as several National Security Council officials will be speaking with congressional investigators against the president's wishes.
Gerstein's reveal caught the MSNBC host by surprise.
"One thing to look forward to later in the week, a couple of NSC national security officials are to be interviewed this week as well," Gerstein stated. "The NSC is the White House, it's part of the White House, right there in the West Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office building. So I'll be looking to see do those people also take that same approach and go in and give their testimony despite basically a direct marching order not to do that -- that would be an amazing rebuke."
‘You totally said that’: Mulvaney melts down as Chris Wallace plays tape of quid pro quo admission
White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney struggled on Sunday to deny earlier remarks when he admitted President Donald Trump wanted a quid pro quo for as a condition of aid to Ukraine.
During an interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace forced Mulvaney to watch video of himself bragging that Trump held up aid to force Ukraine to investigate the Democratic Party.
According to Wallace, Mulvaney "flinched" by denying that he ever admitted the quid pro quo.
"That's not what I said, that's what people said I said," Mulvaney pleaded. "Here's what I said... there were two reasons that we held up the aid."
White supremacists view escalating tensions in small North Carolina town as an opportunity to radicalize armed neo-Confederates
Neo-Confederate activists and antiracists clashed briefly in Pittsboro, NC, a town west of Raleigh, on Saturday, when a man wearing a “Trump 2020” hat and a face mask attempted to drive a front-end loader festooned with Confederate flags down a street where the two groups were facing off.
After antiracists blocked the driver, a local man identified as Sam White, neo-Confederate activists spilled into the street demanding that he be allowed to pass. Neo-Confederates, at least one of whom was armed with a holstered pistol, and antiracists engaged in shoving and grabbing before police separated the two groups and cleared the roadway.