The recent Anime Fest in Paradigm Mall has received a tremendous response from both cosplayers and fans, with participants having the opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters and fans being able to take photos with them.
However, one of the cosplayers may soon be in trouble as the police are now looking for him after a video of him walking around with a ‘gun’ circulated on social media.
In the 27-second video, the man can be seen revealing the gun that was tucked into his pants, which he later happily and casually waved it around while walking around the fest.
It wasn’t sure if the gun is real or a prop.
In a statement, Chief District Police of Petaling Jaya, Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Fakhruddin Abdul Hamid said the police are currently looking for the man with the fake gun in the video.
According to him, the video filmed around 5.30 pm on the 17 May and the man is believed to be cosplaying the character Big Smoke from the video game Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, who is part of the Ballas gang and thus carries guns in the game.
“The police are searching for the man and the case is being investigated according to Section 233 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act,” he said.
He added that the police are also searching for the individual who uploaded the video to aid in the investigation.
Meanwhile, according to the official portal of PDRM, it is an offence under Section 36, Weapons Act 1960 to import or own a fake or an imitation firearm. If found guilty, one can be sentenced to a jail time of not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than RM5,000 will be imposed.
While it is not wrong to have fun and dress up as your favourite character, we are still bounded by the laws in the country.
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