54-year-old felon Randy Smith is not allowed to own a gun because of his past run-ins with the law and this week Fresno, California police arrested the felon for possession of a super soaker. However unlike the summertime fun experienced by children who own the powerful water spraying toys, Randy’s super soaker had been converted into a deadly shotgun.
According to KMPH Randy was not allowed to carry ammunition or weapons on his person so he built the hidden weapon. It turns out it wasn’t Randy’s age that gave away his weapon but rather the fact that police had been told to be on the lookout for weaponized water guns.
When police confronted Mr. Smith they found a super soaker that had been converted. According to a police sergeant after he took the gun apart he was then “able to fashion a barrel to where he was able to make what’s considered a zip gun, where you can fire one round through it. In this case it was a 20 gauge shotgun shell.”
While the weapon may be successful a local gun shop owner explained that the $30 build was more likely to injure the user than their victim:
“The firearms cartridge with the gun powder is an explosive. The device they’re building has to be able to contain the pressure of that explosion. You could be putting a gun next to your head, or you could be putting a hand grenade next to your head.”
Explaining to your fellow inmates that you’re behind bars because of a super soaker crime probably won’t win you any tough guy points in jail.