You might want to be careful when you set up a cosplay photo shoot in public featuring weapons – real or not.
One couple shooting on a beach basically just gave one community the scare of the year as the female model was rocking a combat-inspired costume with an absolutely massive rifle accompanying the ensemble at Seacliff State Beach in Monterey Bay . And as the sheriff has reminded us all, in California, and many other jurisdictions in the United States, displaying a fake weapon is not permitted unless it has certain markings identifying it as such. Clearly, this woman’s cosplay gun looked as realistic as possible even if it wasn’t.
Sergeant Dee Baldwin said of the incident, “As we’ve seen in the picture they’re walking around having a good time with what they know may be a fake firearm…but our responding officers don’t have any idea what they’re walking into.”
“They may know it’s a replica. As we’ve seen in the picture they’re walking around having a good time with what they know may be a fake firearm, but our responding officers don’t have any idea what they’re walking into, as well as the other public member that are on the beach,” the sheriff’s office added.
Violations of the law include fines and even a misdemeanor charge for repeat violations. As stated above, replica weapons have to be transparent or painted a certain color to let others know they are fake.
You can view a news report on all of this over on KRON by clicking here.
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