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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

You could call it a sign of the times. In an era of mass shootings in movie theaters, offices and school rooms – now there's bullet-resistant furniture.

The new invention was demonstrated today in Scottsdale.

Here's the scenario: a disturbed man with a gun bursts in to mow people down. What do you do?

Hide behind a chair. Not just any chair. One specially-outfitted with Kevlar -- like a police vest.

And when the bullets fly, the chair takes the bullet instead of you.

At Scottsdale Gun Club, 9 millimeter bullets will be pumped into a chair. Terrible for the upholstery, and even worse for anybody who happens to be sitting in it at that precise moment.

But what if, when the shooting starts, you could spring out of your seat and duck behind the chair and use it as a shield?

This is a piece of Kevlar that is embedded into the chair, and you can see where it caught the bullets right there. These are bullets that presumably would have gone into a person, but they are lodged in this.

"What we want is for folks to think about our product as a safety device, just as you would a fire extinguisher, so that is the premise of our product," says Jeff Isquith, CEO of Ballistic Furniture Systems.

Now you might be wondering what this protection costs. For example, this is a $2,000 chair, and outfitting it with Kevlar adds another $600 to it.

That's not cheap, although the company says costs will come down as sales increase.

Is it foolproof? No, and it's not bulletproof either.

"There is no such thing as bulletproof there is bullet resistant and basically I would say bulletproof is a misnomer," says Isquith.

But with control of guns themselves meeting great resistance, furniture resistant to bullets just may find a market.

Ballistic Furniture Systems says its technology could wind up in movie theater seats, for example.

It's not yet designed for the kinds of plastic and metal chairs used in classrooms.

The product would also have to be strengthened to ward off assault rifle bullets, which are often used in mass shootings.

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