Man Busted With Homemade Shotgun Disguised as Super Soaker

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The Fresno Police busted 54-year-old Randy Smith for strutting around Fresno with a homemade shotgun hidden in the plastic shell of a Super Soaker. Look at this guy. That dude walking around with a plastic toy. How could that arouse suspicion?

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As creepy as it is to hollow out a children's toy to create a deadly weapon, you've got to admire Smith's craftsmanship. He's obviously a lunatic, but that "weapon" in the image supplied to ABC 30 in Fresno sure looks like a toy. Genius craftsman or not, Smith is in a lot of trouble. Not only is making an improvised "zip gun" illegal, but Smith is an ex-con so he's not allowed to possess firearms at all. He's been charged on both counts. [ABC 30 and Fresno Bee]

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DISCUSSION

nekheny
Nekheny

Sorry, what? Is it illegal to make a 'zip gun' in his state, or what? I'm definitely not a lawyer, but last I checked it was legal (if a bit crazy) to make your own firearms.