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Man arrested for carrying rifle on Queen streetcar was a cosplayer

A man was arrested for carrying what looked like a semi-automatic rifle in a yellow grocery bag on the 501 Queen streetcar. 

ttc rifle torontoApproximately four police cruisers surrounded a stalled eastbound streetcar at Queen and Augusta to apprehend a long-haired man wearing a trench coat and what bystanders describe as metal armour underneath. 

ttc rifle torontoSix officers escorted the man from the streetcar and placed him in handcuffs during what seemed to be a relatively resistance-free arrest. They then proceeded to inspect the rifle before placing it in a cop cruiser.  

Gun violence is an especially sensitive issue in the city now considering yesterday's scare at Yorkdale and ongoing conversations regarding a nationwide gun ban, so it's no surprise this incident has been met with some serious alarm.

As it turns out, The Toronto Police later confirmed the man was cosplaying, and the rifle was a replica.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross issued the following statement: "The TTC advises anyone travelling on the TTC to Fan Expo or anywhere else to leave their replica weapons in their replica armouries."

Lead photo by

Helio Eudoro


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