Authorities in Europe have been warned of the potential illegal arrival of a 9mm double-barrel gun, similar in design to an iPhone, which will go on sale in the US.
The “iPhone Gun” which currently has pre-order figures of 12,000 units, appears like an iPhone but transitions to a gun with the touch of one button. The device is expected to be imported and in criminal hands within a few days, as officials strain to control borders in the midst of terror fears – according to the Evening Standard.
The disguised device will be available to buy for £330 pounds – coming in at half the cost of a genuine iPhone 7. Police in Belgium, who are already on standby following episodes of terrorist attacks in the last few months, received a warning about the lethal new device. The report indicated that although the device has not yet been found in the market its presence on European streets is imminent.
“To the eye, nothing can distinguish it from a mobile telephone,” stated the Belgian police alert, as reported by newspaper, Derniare Heure.
“Most people possess a smartphone, meaning that it can pass completely overlooked.”
The gun has been developed by Minnesota-based manufacturer Ideal Conceal and is available for sale in the US in the coming week. The company announced on its Facebook page that: “Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.”
Last July a passenger that was making their way through Essex’s Stansted Airport was pulled aside for carrying an iPhone case with a gun like appearance.