Not good idea to carry guns in public, man learns: Burnaby RCMP

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It's generally not a good idea to show up in public carrying firearms, even replica ones, as one apparently oblivious person learned earlier this fall.

Burnaby RCMP say officers responded to a report of a male sitting in the busy food court of Metropolis at Metrotown mall wearing a long black coat and wig and holding two handguns.

Plainclothes officers were able to get very close to the suspect and arrest him without incident, minimizing any risk to the public.

As it turns out, the suspect's handguns were replicas and his outfit was part of a "cosplay" activity he was planning to participate in. "Cosplay" is short for costume play, in which people dress up as characters from movies, video games and anime and enact scenarios.

Nevertheless, the officers warned the male about the dangers of carrying replica firearms in public. He surrendered the handguns, which were destroyed, and was released without charges.

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