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.
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.