The Latest: Gun that looks like a phone causes a stir

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Posted: Apr 04, 2016 5:01 PM
The Latest: Gun that looks like a phone causes a stir

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Charles Schumer calling for an investigation into a gun that would look like an iPhone (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The CEO of a Minnesota company that has plans to market a gun that looks like an iPhone says outrage over the two-shot weapon is misplaced.

Kirk Kjellberg (JEL'-burg) of Ideal Conceal says there are already weapons in the conceal carry market that can easily be hidden and carry more firepower, as well as holsters that allow people to carry weapons almost anywhere on their body. He says his gun is just a defensive weapon.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday called on the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate Ideal Conceal before the gun starts being sold.

The New York Democrat says guns that look like everyday items shouldn't be sold.

ATF had no comment. The Justice Department didn't respond to an email.

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3:15 p.m.

Sen. Charles Schumer says there needs to be a federal investigation before a gun that looks like an iPhone comes to market.

Schumer on Monday called on the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate Ideal Conceal, the company which has said it's planning to bring the gun to market soon.

Schumer says that toys that look like guns shouldn't be sold. And he says that guns that look like toys or everyday items shouldn't be sold either.

He says the gun may violate federal law that doesn't allow guns to look like common items.

ATF had no comment. Emails to the Justice Department and to Ideal Conceal were not answered.