The government doesn’t want you to have any fun. Or at least it doesn’t want your grandmother to have any fun. The FDA, yes the Food and Drug Administration pulled the plug on the Palm Pistol.
The gun is shaped like an oval and fits in the palm of your hand. The barrel sticks out through your fingers and instead of pulling a trigger, you push down on a button with your thumb. What could be easier for busting a cap in the ass of some punk who won’t pull his pants up?
It seems that, Matthew M. Carmel, the crafty inventor of the Palm Pistol filed his invention with the FDA in hopes that it would be classified as a “medical device” and would be covered by Medicare. Carmel wanted to market the gun to seniors and he says he contacted the FDA, which advised him to register his company, Constitution Arms, as a medical device facility and list the Palm Pistol as a “recreational adaptor.” The registration seemed to go through without any problems last week.
Then this week, Carmel’s hopes were dashed as the FDA revoked his registration. Siobhan DeLancey, FDA spokeswoman, said Carmel apparently got some bad advice from an FDA representative. And that maybe he should have paid more attention to the fine print on the registration notice. It said: “Registering … does not, in any way, constitute FDA approval of your facility or your devices.” Then the spokesman from Medicare, Peter Ashkenaz, piled on saying, “Medicare will not cover it because there is no approved category for weapons. So it would not be viewed as reasonable and necessary.” Only in America, folks.