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(CNN) Police in North Carolina found a real gun disguised as a Nerf toy while conducting a drug raid in Catawba County, north of Charlotte, this week.
The Glock 19 pistol, along with a 50-round drum magazine, had been painted blue and orange and labeled with the Nerf logo to look like a toy, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said in a news release on Facebook.

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The firearm was among 20 guns -- pistols, rifles and shotguns -- that investigators found during the home search Wednesday, along with cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana. Police also seized about $2,300 in cash.
"Firearms of this type, while not illegal to possess, are concerning to law enforcement," the release said. "Firearms, in general, are commonly seized in conjunction with searches where felony amounts of narcotics are present."

Damien Alonzo Burch, 35, of Catawba was arrested and charged with felonious possession of cocaine, felonious possession of mushrooms and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, the release said.

CNN is trying to reach him or an attorney representing him for comment.

Catawba County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Aaron Turk said Burch was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond on Wednesday. Burch was formally advised of the charges against him at a first appearance in Catawba County District Court on Thursday.

Turk said he did not know when Burch's next court date is or if he is represented by an attorney. He said investigators do not have a motive for why the gun was made to look like a Nerf toy.
 
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Not the first time I've seen a firearm disguised as a toy, and it certainly won't be the last time.
 
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"Disguised" as? That's a big fat clickbait title. A perfect example of why just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. I hardly think he was trying to disguise it as a nerf gun and his dumbass just thought it was a good idea. Obviously, as a drug dealer, the thought process doesn't always run a full cycle.
 

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It does look pretty cool. If you’re an idiot, you would even do it, and never worry about your kids, or the fact that you’re involved in a criminal activity.
 

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I think he did it because he's a prohibited person and wanted to reduce the chances of it being immediately recognized as something he couldn't possess if it were found in his possession. That obviously didn't work, but he gets an A for effort. If he'd put in that much effort on other more productive pursuits, he wouldn't be a prohibited person in the first place.
 

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I think he did it because he's a prohibited person and wanted to reduce the chances of it being immediately recognized as something he couldn't possess if it were found in his possession. That obviously didn't work, but he gets an A for effort. If he'd put in that much effort on other more productive pursuits, he wouldn't be a prohibited person in the first place.
He had a dozen other firearms that weren't painted, so there goes that theory. Notice no mention of felon in possession of firearms charges and the Investigator said the firearm itself is not illegal to own in that condition.

Head over to one of the dozens of AR groups on FB. You'll find dozens of examples of perfectly legal firearms owners thinking it's fun or cool or whatever to do.

The world even has a Pac-Man hipoint in it thanks to somebody here on HPFF.
 
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He had a dozen other firearms that weren't painted, so there goes that theory. Notice no mention of felon in possession of firearms charges and the Investigator said the firearm itself is not illegal to own in that condition.

Head over to one of the dozens of AR groups on FB. You'll find dozens of examples of perfectly legal firearms owners thinking it's fun or cool or whatever to do.

The world even has a Pac-Man hipoint in it thanks to somebody here on HPFF.
Not to mention the DeWalt hi-point.
 

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He had a dozen other firearms that weren't painted, so there goes that theory. Notice no mention of felon in possession of firearms charges and the Investigator said the firearm itself is not illegal to own in that condition.

Head over to one of the dozens of AR groups on FB. You'll find dozens of examples of perfectly legal firearms owners thinking it's fun or cool or whatever to do.

The world even has a Pac-Man hipoint in it thanks to somebody here on HPFF.
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What's your point? 20 firearms, 16 of them aren't painted. In actuality it just furthers my point that he wasn't trying to disguise them he's just a frigging idiot.
Not an idiot--an artist. And a skilled one at that. He probably could have made some money doing that to other people's weapons.
 

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Not an idiot--an artist. And a skilled one at that. He probably could have made some money doing that to other people's weapons.
If he even did it. Could just be one of those, "Yo! Look what I saw on FB! I want one!" Hell, he may have bought them like that for all we know. And yes, he's as much of an idiot for being a drug dealer and sporting flashy and distinctively identifying stuff as the idiot who decided to say he did it to disguise it. Even more so if he actually did do it to disguise it. As to his career choices? They don't call them starving artists for nothing, but drug dealers qualify as idiots.
 

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Ya'll know that enough folk, especially kids, get killed while playing with realistic gun toys by LEO's responding to gun calls


Disguised firearms that look like toys is doubling down on the dangers LEO's already face.

Common sense went out the window.

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Ya'll know that enough folk, especially kids, get killed while playing with realistic gun toys by LEO's responding to gun calls


Disguised firearms that look like toys is doubling down on the dangers LEO's already face.

Common sense went out the window.

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If it's illegal to alter toy firearms to look more realistic, you have to wonder how they haven't succeeded in making the opposite a crime. If you consider the wording of the article and intentionally including the officer's statement about how it's not illegal? A betting man might put money on something like that coming soon...
 
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If he even did it. Could just be one of those, "Yo! Look what I saw on FB! I want one!" Hell, he may have bought them like that for all we know. And yes, he's as much of an idiot for being a drug dealer and sporting flashy and distinctively identifying stuff as the idiot who decided to say he did it to disguise it. Even more so if he actually did do it to disguise it. As to his career choices? They don't call them starving artists for nothing, but drug dealers qualify as idiots.
Oh, he's definitely an idiot when it comes to career choices, but if he did that paint job himself, he's not an idiot entirely. That really is some impressive work.
 
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