NYPD Confiscates Rapper’s Hummer-Mounted T-Shirt Air Gun

Stoney mounted a T-shirt rifle, which he said is for promotional events, on the back of his Hummer. (Photo: @warchyld_ent/Instagram)

You gotta give him points for creativity.

New Jersey resident Christopher Stoney, 41, mounted an air rifle designed to fire T-shirts to the roof of his 2006 Hummer and drove it around New York City over the weekend to promote his music and clothing line.

Stoney, who raps under the name Warchyld, apparently didn’t expect the New York Police Department to have a problem with his faux-military ride. The green vehicle also featured four yellow rifle cartridges and the words “Warchyld” and “Wardrobe.”

“I’m sorry to say but the NYPD is about to confiscate my cannon off my truck. This s–t is crazy right now, man. They’re taking it,” he said on Instagram, where he describes himself as a “rapper, entrepreneur, and trendsetter.”

The NYPD pulled over Stoney and his two passengers and hauled them down to a local precinct station, where they cited the trendsetter with unlawful possession of an air rifle.

They confiscated the rifle as evidence, and a video of the incident appeared on several local news stations.

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A New York City ordinance makes it illegal to sell or possess “any air pistol or air rifle or similar instrument in which the propelling force is a spring or air” unless the seller or possessor secures a permit from the police commissioner. It’s unclear how to obtain a permit, however, since the “firearm licensing” page on the NYPD’s website makes no mention of air guns.

The ordinance does not specify caliber or projectile type, so Stoney’s T-shirt-caliber air gun is still prohibited.

Stoney isn’t the first person to be caught in NYC’s air gun prohibition. In 2013, an NYU student was arrested in a police raid for selling air guns from his dorm room. Police found several imitation AR-15 and AK-47 rifles after cleaning staff notified police about the “firearms,” according to WLNY.

The media appears not to have covered the outcome of the case, but based on Goal’s LinkedIn profile, he landed on his feet. He left NYU in 2013 and now works as a software engineer at Amherst Holdings.

The maximum penalty for illegal possession of an air gun in NYC is $50 or 30 days in jail.

Stoney is taking the incident in stride. He posted two videos of the incident on his Instagram page, along with a music video featuring the offending air gun.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • srsquidizen April 24, 2021, 8:38 am

    If the law was described correctly I guess you might argue that your C02 BB gun is legal because air and CO2 are not the same thing or we would be plants. IAL somebody’s already tried that one and did not get very far before a NYC judge just as totalitarian as the rest of the bureaucrats there.

  • koldman April 23, 2021, 12:15 pm

    Sounds like they already de-funned these police.

  • steve April 23, 2021, 10:20 am

    Anyone who live in NYC and places like this, and willing subjecticate themselves to these petty tyrants do not deserve to call themselves Americans. Illegal to own a BB gun? What nonsense

  • Jay Smith April 23, 2021, 7:31 am

    So , is a BB gun also illegal there ??

  • Anthony Romano April 23, 2021, 7:22 am

    New York has some crazy laws! You actually need a permit for an air pistol! SMDH

  • Blasted Cap April 23, 2021, 6:45 am

    Zero tolerance always leads to zero intelligence.

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