Toronto Police Arrest Fan Expo Cosplayer with Replica Gun

Canadian news sources report that a cosplayer on his way to Toronto's Fan Expo yesterday was arrested on a tram, after reports were made that he was armed.

Instead the cosplayer was sporting a replica gun on a Toronto streetcar, police say. He was reportedly arrested without incident and subsequently released without charge once the gun was identified as fake.

A spokesperson for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) stated that no one should bring a replica weapon onto any public transport at any time, saying:

"We want people to have fun but they also need to understand — if you're carrying around a replica semi-automatic weapon, it's going to cause concern. Not everybody knows about Fan Expo."

A number of shows have banned fake weapons, but Fan Expo allows them if suitably marked. It also has a policy that states:

"Attendees are reminded that while travelling to and from the event, to make sure due care is taken on your behalf to ensure any weapons or props, which could cause public alarm, are stored in bag or in a storage container."

Might be worth considering…

Toronto Police Arrest Fan Expo Cosplayer with Replica Gun
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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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