Novelty 'Gunbrellas' Provoke Police Warning In B.C. (Story and video)

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    Novelty 'Gunbrellas' Provoke Police Warning In B.C. (Story and video)

    A novelty umbrella that looked like a rifle created a tense situation at a bus stop in Richmond, B.C., and now police are warning the public not to carry the scary props.

    Richmond RCMP Sgt. Sherrdean Turley said someone called 911 last November after spotting a young man with what appeared to be a rifle over his shoulder, waiting at a bus stop.

    "Our officers directed the male to place the rifle on the ground, at which time, he did, and he stepped away from the rifle."

    When officers took a closer look, they realized it was an umbrella, but the situation could have ended very badly if the young man had made a wrong move, Turley said.
    RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley holds a sample 'gunbrella': a novelty umbrella that looks a lot like, in this case, a rifle.RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley holds a sample 'gunbrella': a novelty umbrella that looks a lot like, in this case, a rifle. (CBC)

    "If, for example, he had [the novelty umbrella] on his shoulder and was simply trying to tell our officers, 'No, no, no, it's just an umbrella, let me show you,'" Turley said, holding up a so-called gunbrella. "If it appeared that he was actually shouldering the rifle — if our officers believed he was about to fire — I mean, our officers would have no choice."

    The young man told police he bought the umbrella at a games store in Richmond. The owner of the chain declined to comment on the incident, but a manager at the chain's Burnaby location said he apologized to the young man's mother and says the store isn't planning on selling the item again.
    'Swordbrellas' also get noticed

    Time Frame, a framing and crafts store in Vancouver, doesn't sell 'gunbrellas' but does offer umbrellas that look like Samurai swords.

    Carl Danforth, a spokesperson for the store, said the fake gun umbrellas look much too real.

    "We won't carry the umbrella gun because we found it looks too much like a real gun. We don't want to be responsible with somebody walking down the street with a real-looking gun, and what will the police do with you," Danforth said.

    But Danforth, who does sell 'swordbrellas' said even he has had a conversational run-in with police over them.

    "I've had to deal with a police officer that pulled me over because he wanted to question me about it and I happily showed it to him and he was like, 'Oh, that's very clever,'" Danforth said.

    According to police in Richmond, the smart thing to do is to just stay away from any prop that looks like a real weapon.

    "This is such a bad idea and that is such an understatement," Turley said.

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    My 11 year old grandson has a toy 1911 .45 that looks so real that if he pointed it at an LEO, he could get killed. I warned him that if anyone told him to drop it, drop it immediately and stand back from it.
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    Add a bayonet lug and a thumb hole and voila.... "assault rifle/weapon"
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    In today's climate I would never buy one of those. What's the point? You look big and bad with your pretend gun?

    Just asking for trouble IMO.
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    I'd buy one or two just because for the sillyness of the thing.
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    Novelty 'Gunbrellas' Provoke Police Warning In B.C. (Story and video)

    I thought it would be the other way around when i read the title. A gun that looks like an umbrella.


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    Maintaining a low profile is our best defense. Showing your weapon or even a fake one is an invitation to disaster either from the authorities or the BG's.
    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.

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    Ok, alert me when the news starts reporting news...

    PS: Alert me when you are allowed to carry toys around again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoda View Post
    I thought it would be the other way around when i read the title. A gun that looks like an umbrella.


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    That would be cool.
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    I'm all for making the masses feel stupid. I'll take one.
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    I could swear I've seen guns that look like umbrellas for sale. Tried to find a link, but couldn't. I wonder if they would qualify under any CCW laws? The only things I remember were all single shot so it's not like I'd actually carry one, but still ...

    An umbrella that looks like a gun sounds pretty stupid to me though. I mean, I get it in a way ... we love to make things that look like other things ... but you'd have to be stupid to think you can carry that without attracting attention. There's a reason why I carry my AR-15 in a bag.

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    I just read that Feinstein will be adding all umbrellas over 12" to her list of banned items.
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    Novelty 'Gunbrellas' Provoke Police Warning In B.C. (Story and video)

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    I'm all for making the masses feel stupid. I'll take one.
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    Time to ban the assault umbrella - afterall it was a modified umbrella that shot a ricin pellet into a cold war operative!

    Ban the assault umbrella's... we should push for the AUB...
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