Police Detain Man Dressed As A "Tactical Banana" While Carrying An AK-47

A gun shop’s banana stunt ends in police citation.

1. This is a shot of police in Beaumont, Texas, having a quiet word with a man dressed in a banana suit, who was wearing a loaded AK-47 assault rifle across his back.

2. The man said he was trying to attract people to the Golden Triangle Tactical gun store. The “Tactical Banana” is the shop’s mascot.

3. One report says multiple police squad cars arrived to tackle the banana mascot, drew their guns on him and handcuffed him while they figured out if his sign was legal.

Police said they briefly detained the 18-year-old man, who had a 50-round magazine clip on him. He was cited for breaking city rules against soliciting for business alongside highways.

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Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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