Cosplayer Arrested For Bringing Fake Gun On Train

Morris and the modified air rifle in question. Image: NY Post

Cosplayer William “Billy” Morris was on his way to a cosplay shoot in NYC on Saturday when, planning to cosplay at the event, he hopped onto a train. He probably shouldn’t have taken his fake rifle with him.

Dressed as Suicide Squad’s Col. Rick Flag, Morris had the very real-looking modified air rifle (pictured above) out and in the open when he got on the train, a move he immediately regretted.


As the New York Post reports, while Morris was initially greeted with comments from passengers saying he shouldn’t have had the prop, to which he tried to explain he was cosplaying, when police boarded the train and saw what he was holding he was soon in a world of trouble.

“They pushed me to the ground,” he recalls. “It was slightly terrifying because at that point I had no idea what was going on . . . Nothing like this ever happened to me . . . I didn’t think it would get out of hand.”

Morris was charged with possession of an air gun and “disorderly conduct for creating a disturbance”.


For what it’s worth, when he manages to get the costume on and not get arrested, he looks pretty good!

Photo by Jason Laboy

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Luke Plunkett

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs