A US senator is leading calls for a gun designed to look like a smartphone to be banned.

Senator Charles Schumer said the .380 calibre gun, which could hit shops in the US this summer, was “a disaster waiting to happen”.

The company behind the product, Ideal Conceal, boasts on its website: “Smartphones are EVERYWHERE, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment.”

A gun that looks like a smartphone.

The prototype could be ready as soon as May

The gun is described as “high velocity, increased accuracy” and has a list price of $395 (£277).

Ideal Conceal is hoping to have a prototype ready in May – but Sen Schumer has asked the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate before it sees the light of day.

He fears police will be faced with a situation where they do not know whether a suspect is pulling a phone or a gun.

“Just like toys that too much look like handguns should not be sold, handguns that look too much like toys should not be sold,” he said.