On Sunday (18 September), 2 cosplayers were arrested by the police for allegedly carrying fake firearms while in public. It is later understood that the 2 men were arrested for possessing weapons in public.
In a statement, Petaling Jaya Deputy District Police Chief Superintendent Ku Mashariman Ku Mahmood said the police received a report about the incident on Saturday (17 September) at about 4.30 pm.
He said the men have been cosplaying in tactical costumes in conjunction with the “Let’s Anime Cosplay” event held at the Atria Shopping Mall, Damansara Jaya.
Apart from firearms, they were also reported to have been props resembling grenades on them.
“After an inspection, police successfully confiscated an M4-type imitation weapon, a Glock-type imitation pistol and 2 imitation hand grenades.”
“A review of past records found that the suspects have no record of past offences,” he said.
Both suspects have since been remanded for 3 days until 20 September under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code to assist with the investigation.
Meanwhile, Ku Mashariman has advised the public to refrain from buying or carrying any form of fake firearms as it is against the law.
If found guilty of breaking this law, one can be charged under section 36(1) of the Weapons Act 1960, which carries a jail sentence of no longer than a year, or a fine of RM5,000, or both.
Meanwhile, some netizens asked if the arrest was necessary as these fake firearms were merely toys that do not cause any harm.
In response, others explained that it would cause panic among the public if people cannot distinguish between props and real firearms.
Perhaps, people should be more careful about buying fake firearms that look too real. What do you think about this? Share your thoughts!