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Saturday, February 25, 2006

New Warning on Cellphone Gun

Law enforcement authorities reported the seizure of a number of .22 caliber, 4 shot pistols disguised as cellphones.  Story and video here. [Jack Chin]

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Um... new warning? I don't see a date on the linked story, but the video is the same one that's been around at least since October 2004. Is there some additional story that didn't get linked?
The story has at last one obvious bit of misinformaion: it says the gun fires through the antenna. The gun pictured (and shown in the video) clearly has four individual stubby barrels, and no mechanism for moving successive cartridges in line with the antenna.

Posted by: Eric Wilner | Feb 25, 2006 9:18:29 AM

Its gotta be pretty old. Raymond Kelly was the commissioner of US Customs from 1998 to 2001.

Posted by: brad | Feb 25, 2006 5:55:39 PM

But you have to wonder about the mentality of people who carry these dangerous, but still ridiculous, toys. It is my understanding that they are Class I weapons under the NFA, impossible for civilians to own legally and carrying the stiffest federal penalty for unlawful firearms possession. Their defensive value is maybe a little bit greater than a set of sharp fingernails but not by much. My state has taken the "pen gun" law even further. Whereas if you just drop one of the small legal derringers, revolvers or automatics in your pocket you may be facing a penalty of up to three years in prison (for unlicensed carry), disguising them as cellphones or pagers boosts the penalty up to ten years in prison.

Posted by: nk | Feb 26, 2006 4:54:36 AM

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