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New Gun Folds Up To Look Like A Cellphone

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Posted: Apr 1, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A Minnesota start-up’s new product, a double-barrel 380-caliber handgun, is drawing attention for its concealment method — it folds up to look like a cell phone.

Kirk Kjellberg, CEO of Monticello-based company Ideal Conceal, said he came up with the idea for the folding pistol when a child caught a glimpse of his gun at a restaurant.

“I walked towards the restroom and a little child, a boy about 7, saw me and said, ‘Mommy, mommy, that guy’s got a gun,'” Kjellberg told KARE-TV.

“The whole restaurant of course turns and stares at you and I thought, ‘There’s just gotta be something better to do than this.'”

Kjellberg told CNNMoney he wanted a gun that wouldn’t cause people who spot the object to look “at you like you’re about to shoot the place up.”

The gun is designed to fold up into a rectangle that bears a strong resemblance to a smartphone, complete with a fake camera.

“So your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment,” the company’s website states.

Kjellberg said a prototype of the gun, which he said cannot be fired from its folded position, is expected to be completed in June with manufacturing expected to follow in October.

The folding guns will be sold for $395 each, Kjellberg said.