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Cosplayer carrying replica rifle escorted off TTC streetcar by police

Last Updated Aug 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm EDT

A cosplayer caused a bit of a fright on Friday afternoon in Toronto when he was spotted carrying, what appeared to be, a semi-automatic rifle on the TTC.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Queen Street and Augusta Avenue area.

Police said they received a number of phone calls about a man with a gun on the 501 streetcar going eastbound on Queen Street.

Photos of the incident were posted to social media.

One person posted to Twitter that the man was seen wearing a long coat, metal armour and was carrying, what appeared to be, a semi-automatic weapon in grocery bag. The tweet has since been deleted.

Police said the man was escorted off the streetcar by a number of officers and put in handcuffs.

It was later determined that the rifle was a replica and that the man was dressed up, on his way to Fan Expo Canada.

Police said he will not face any charges.

The TTC has a reminder for people.

“The TTC advises anyone travelling on the TTC to Fan Expo or anywhere else to leave their replica weapons in their replica armouries,” said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross.

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