Assault with a Deadly…Super Soaker?
A Fresno, California man was found walking the streets of his neighborhood carrying a Super Soaker that he had converted into a 20-gauge shotgun, according to KMPH and the Huffington Post.
The popular toy is often used during the summer month’s as children find ways to cool off during the dog days of summer.
When police noticed particular changes in the water gun, they stopped him and identified the changes, constructed using $30 in parts.
“He took the Super Soaker apart, was able to fashion a barrel to where he was able to make what’s considered a zip gun, where you can fire one round through it. In this case it was a 20-gauge shotgun shell,” Fresno Police Sgt. Mark Hudson told local news station KMPH.
The modification to the water barrel to a shotgun carrier is not illegal, just dangerous. Makeshift barrels can explode under pressure, sending shrapnel and gunpowder flying.
“So they’re just relying on, maybe this [gun barrel] will hold up. Well, you could be putting a gun next to your head, or you could be putting a hand grenade next to your head,” Hudson said.
The man was arrested Saturday night and released Sunday on gun-related charges.