54 year old, Randy Smith of Fresno, California, was caught carrying a Super Soaker that he had converted intop a 20-gauge shotgun, according to KMPH.
No word yet on whether Hasbro plans to add the model to their Super Soaker line.
Normally police wouldn’t raise an eyebrow at someone waltzing around town with one of a high-powered plastic water guns, but an uptick in toy-to-gun conversions made officers more suspicious of Smith.
What they found instead of a water gun was a shot gun Smith had made.
“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 the station.
Not only is the conversion illegal, it’s dangerous. Often makeshift barrels can explode under pressures, sending shrapnel and gunpowder flying everywhere.
“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.
Smith was arrested and has since been released on gun-related charges. He has been in and out of prison since 1994.