DAYTON, Ohio – A handgun the size of your smartphone could be on the market soon.
It looks like something the fictional character Q from the James Bond movies would develop. The firearm transforms from the size of your phone to a deadly weapon. But Kirk Kjellberg – the creator of the “cell phone gun” – told WKEF it’s perfectly safe and for the public.
“I just decided there’s probably gotta be a better way to carry and I was just looking around and noticed everyone had a smart phone so why not make a pistol that would look like that?” Kjellberg said. “You press the safety and the handle will deploy.”
Kjellberg said they spent a year engineering it and got approval from Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, reported ABC 7 Chicago.
“As long as the pistol has rifle barrel and cannot be fired in closed position it is a pistol,” he said.
“I can’t speak for all others but I wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole,” said Jeff Pedro, a CCW instructor and former police officer. “Overall my professional opinion is it’s just a bad idea from a safety perspective and also from an access perspective the inability to get it out, get it functional in a rapid situation would be extremely difficult.”
Then there’s the way it looks. Could it catch police off-guard? Pedro says not likely because it has to be released from its disguise before firing.
“If the gun were to be released police officers would be alerted to it,” said Pedro. “And they’d pretty much be checking any cell phone that resembled the size and shape of that particular device.”
The transformation is down to second, according to Kjellberg, who said he’s also consulted with law enforcement during the development.
“It’s easier to shoot someone in a nefarious way to shoot someone with a regular pistol than it would be with ours,” Kjellberg said.
Kjellberg said the weapons will be mass-produced and should be available for purchase by the end of this summer.
What are your thoughts? Fair or foul? Some jurisdictions have made devices like this illegal. Is your’s one of them?
(Feature image screenshot ABC 7 News report)