I’m sure folks have seen what’s being dubbed the “iPhone gun” by now. I haven’t written anything about it, because a) it’s just silly, and b) it looks like vaporware, and possibly a hoax. But that hasn’t stopped the media from hyperventilating about it. It’s silly because do you think an armed robber, rapist, or kidnapper is going to stand there patiently and wait for you to unfold your phone gun so you can shoot him?
Now, in addition to the media freaking out, apparently it’s now time to get a fainting chair for Senator Chuck Schumer’s office too.
On Monday, Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York, asked the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to block sales of a double barreled .380 caliber handgun from gun maker Ideal Conceal.
“This iPhone gun is a disaster waiting to happen,” Schumer said in a news conference Monday in New York.
I think its a disaster too, but not for the same reasons you do Chucky. Whether this would be an AOW or not, I can’t say for sure. The US Code says a handgun is “a firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand” and in its firing configuration, it fits this definition. But the definition of AOW is muddled. So is it an AOW? I think that depends on what ATF determines, meaning it depends on the season, and whether you sacrificed a chicken to the God of Bureaucracy.
The amount of pearl clutching over this silly thing is amazing. It never fails to amaze me the things the media and politicians freak out over. It’s a two shot .380 derringer, basically, that would take some pretty explicit and slow moves to bring into action. If I were a cop, I’d be more worried about the dude with a gat in his coat pocket.