Cops Bust Banana Toting an AK-47
When PR stunts go wrong...
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2014 2:38 AM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2014 3:00 AM CST
It was a teen in a banana suit, not an actual banana...   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

(Newser) – A Beaumont, Texas, gun shop got a little more attention that it had bargained for with a rather unusual promotional stunt—a teenager in a banana costume standing by the road with an AK-47 on Saturday morning. Police briefly detained the 18-year-old after fielding calls from concerned citizens who saw him at a busy intersection, reports the Houston Chronicle. The police press release notes, "The rifle had a drum magazine attached with at least a 50-round capacity."

The teenager, who had the rifle across his back with the barrel pointing down and carried a sign with an arrow pointing to the store, was cited for violating a city ordinance that bans soliciting along roadways, KMBT reports. Golden Triangle Tactical owner Derek Poe says the plan was to alert customers to the store's new location. His shop was previously located in Parkdale Mall, reports 12 News, and Poe had a run-in with cops there in December while walking toward his store with an assault rifle on his back. He says he was within his rights; police charged him with disorderly conduct.

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Mar 13, 2014 7:39 PM CDT
"The Teen." So when did legal adults that can join the army become teens?... No law was broken here other than police harassment and false charges. Thanks for the daily anti-gun propaganda.
Feb 14, 2014 9:26 AM CST
Not illegal to openly carry a long gun in Texas. Police harassment is unlawful but not unusual in Texas. If the police would only arrest and remove the guy dressed as statue of liberty walking the sidewalks hawking tax filing service........
Feb 12, 2014 1:01 AM CST
Sounds like a game of tit for tat between the gun shop owner and the police. They busted his balls for doing something that he had the legal right to do, so he busted their balls for busting his. Cops aren't going to win this one. It has media attention now. One of these cops is going to get caught on tape, making up a disorderly conduct charge, and then the department is going to get sued for harassment.