Photographer and Model Spotted Using Huge Fake Rifle in Public Beach Photoshoot

Photographer and Model Spotted Using Huge Fake Rifle in Public Beach Photoshoot

A Sherriff’s Office in Monterey Bay, California has issued a warning to the public, after a cosplay photoshoot held on a public beach raised concerns due to those involved using a large rifle.

Locals alerted the authorities after becoming worried about the intentions of those in possession of the firearm. As per KRON4, the incident occurred at Seacliff State Beach on July 3rd. Now, pictures from those who were at the scene clearly show both the photographer and model walking along the beach, with the latter carrying the huge rifle on her arm, seemingly unaware of any panic they may cause to onlookers.

Since the images emerged, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office has publicly reiterated the seriousness of such actions. Sgt. Dee Baldwin said in a statement:

As we’ve seen in the picture they’re walking around having a good time with what they know may be a fake firearm, but our responding officers don’t have any idea what they’re walking into.

The state of California does not allow you to “openly display or expose any imitation firearm in a ‘public place'” unless said firearm is “entirely transparent” or covered in “certain bright colors.”

Check out the video to see the full news report of the incident.

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Mark Dunsmuir's picture

This. Exactly this.
In Toronto, when I called the police to tell them that we were using a prop for a shoot, I was told that it is a recommended guideline under the Health and Saftey Act to have a pay duty officer on set. Not law, but, if something goes wrong, you won’t have much of a leg to stand on in civil court.

Kirk Darling's picture

A few minutes of observation to determine the context would have revealed that the gun was only a photography prop...or at least that mass slaughter was not the intent.

The prop looks a bit fantastic, but it could have been a real Dragunov or a functional imitation of one. But in that case, it would not have been treated so casually.

However, c'mon, fellow photographers, we all know how silly and hypersensitive people are today. There are people around who would call the police even knowing it was just a prop--and that has been done before.

That's exactly what happened in the Tamir Rice case...the 911 caller even said the gun was probably a toy. But the kid got killed anyway by police who weren't going to wait long enough to find out.

There was a different case where the police recording revealed the officer saying for the record as he drove up, "The kid has a toy gun," but he still cuffed the kid, stuffed him in the car, and waited for a couple of hours for the kid's mother to come searching.

People call the cops when kids just point their fingers like guns.

So we know such silly people abound around us, and we have to protect ourselves from them. In this case, it would have been smart for the photographer to have the prop in a case or wrapped in a blanket at least.

Leigh Miller's picture

Precisely...I would never transport a firearm without a case (in public). It invites too much attention for all the wrong reasons. God forbid you are a minority or someone who "looks" too young to be in control of one.

Police don't treat you as if they suspect it's a fake. My own sister was in the service for nearly 25 years. I wouldn't want her to take that chance.

This was plain dumb!

Tony Clark's picture

This is further proof that commonsence is not so common.

Jeff Colburn's picture

Whether I'm shooting still or video, if I'll be outside with any kind of gun (Airsoft, Nerf, etc.) I notify the local police. Better safe than sorry.

Have Fun,
Jeff

stir photos's picture

i remember the first time we went shooting at my brother's house; i was blown away how we just loaded up the truck without any trip from the neighbors... haha. santa cruz, probably a couple from gridley on "vacation" and "doing a photo shoot"....

I agree with one of the comments in the Petapixel post of this story a few days ago. Just paint it fluorescent green and fix it in post. Easy. All of this avoided. But that takes more than few seconds of actual thought about something other than themselves.

How long before criminals just start painting their guns orange, pink, or neon green? I'm surprised they haven't thought of it yet; then again, criminals rarely think.

Kirk Darling's picture

You can already buy a real gun in orange, pink, or neon green. they're sold specifically for women.

Jessadayut Speers's picture

But did you get the shot?

Doug Stringham's picture

The hoplophobia is real.

Sudhir Damerla's picture

I half read the article and came here for the comments.