A Minnesota company is set to introduce a gun that is disguised as a cellphone.
Kirk Kjellberg, CEO of Monticello, Minnesota, based startup company Ideal Conceal, said he got the idea for the firearm after visiting a restaurant while carrying a gun.
"I walked towards the restroom and a little child, a boy about 7, saw me and said, 'Mommy, mommy, that guy's gotta gun,'" he told KARE. "The whole restaurant of course turns and stares at you and I thought, 'There's just gotta be something better to do than this.'"
The double-barrel, .380-caliber pistol is designed to look like a smartphone inside a case, which Kjellberg said will allow firearms to "easily blend in with today's environment." The gun will be sold for $395.
The gun has yet to be released, though Kjellberg said initial marketing has seen a range of feedback. Some have expressed concern over the idea of a gun being indistinguishable from a cellphone, though Kjellberg said his market is people who want to carry a gun when they need to "and not have to engage other people about why they're carrying that gun."
Kjellberg insisted his gun is just as safe as any other firearm.
"We don't want anything sinister to go on with it either," he said. "It's just made for mainstream America, not criminal enterprise."
Police in England issued a warning in February over a similar product -- a stun gun that is disguised as a cellphone. The weapons were reportedly being brought into the country. Stun guns are generally legal in the U.S. when used as a personal safety device, notes the New York Daily News.
"Brought one of these back from holiday? Be aware they are illegal weapons in the U.K.," the National Crime Agency wrote in a social media post, the New York Daily News reported.
The instructions for the stun gun described it as an "ideal present for friends and family." The guns are known as Electronic Riot, and were reportedly available online for $25.