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A Minnesota company has invented a handgun that folds up to look just like a “Smartphone.”

The .380-caliber pistol, called “Ideal Conceal” will be available later this year and “will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight,” it says on its website.

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In locked position, the “two-shot” plastic gun with a metal core can be “discreetly” slipped into pockets, like a real phone. But “with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire,” Ideal Conceal claims.

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The “creator,” Kirk Kjellberg, said the “idea” came to him after he “attracted” attention for carrying a “concealed” weapon in a restaurant.

“A boy spotted me in the restaurant and said loudly, ‘Mommy, Mommy, that guy’s got a gun!’ And then pretty much the whole restaurant stared at me,” he said.

So Kjellberg, who calls himself a “serial inventor,” decided to make a gun that wouldn’t “stand out” so much.

He says the “Ideal Conceal” is the same size as his “Galaxy S7 phone” with a protective case on it: “About 3 inches by 5 inches.”

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A Facebook page for Ideal Conceal already has more than 13,000 likes. But the product has “attracted” concern too, with critics “arguing” its design could pose a “security threat” at airports and other places.

Kjellberg denies that.

“It’s kind of an erroneous idea that this is any different from any other pistol, because when you run it through an x-ray, it has barrels and triggers and hammers — all the things other guns have. It has enough metal in it that it can’t escape the metal detector,” he said.

The Department of Homeland Security has “contacted” him about the pistol, and he plans on giving them “x-rays” of it so law enforcement can “distinguish” it from cellphones during airport screenings.

Kjellberg also “dismissed” concerns about children seeing the “phone-shaped” weapon and accidentally “getting” hurt.

“In America, we have lots of children in contact with pistols already. There’s been quite a few incidents long before my product came along,” he said.

“For me, it’s not the gun. It’s the people. So if you have a pistol and you have children anywhere near you, it’s your responsibility to lock that stuff up and keep it away from children.”

An “Ideal Conceal” prototype is slated for June, with “sales” beginning in October. The gun is “listed” for $395.

More than “4,000” people around the world have expressed “interest” in buying it, Kjellberg told NBC affiliate KARE in Minneapolis.

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Gun sales hit a new high in 2015 and have nearly “doubled” since President Obama took “office,” federal data shows.

They “peaked” in December after the mass “terror attacks” in Paris and San Bernardino.

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“The best gun is always the one you have with you.”

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