Cosplayer's Giant Rifle Prompts Sheriff's Warning

A cosplayer taking some photos earlier today at Seacliff State Beach in Monterey Bay got a little more attention than she was expecting, when concerns from other beachgoers and a local news crew prompted a warning from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office.

Speaking to KRON 4 news, the representative took the opportunity to remind cosplayers that walking around public places carrying enormous fake firearms maybe isn’t the best idea, since anyone who isn’t aware a huge rifle is just a cosplay prop might get concerned, and that might lead to a call to the police, who likewise might not know it’s a prop and then things have the potential to get very serious.

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Nobody is saying you can’t cosplay with guns (aside from KRON’s dumb “Leave your guns at home” headline), that’s probably taking things a little too far, the Sheriff’s Office is just saying...maybe be cool and respectful and smart about it, instead of just waving the thing around on a beach.

PS - If you know the cosplayer or photographer (or are them!), get in touch!

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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 cosplay.kotaku.com.