Live ammo with Halloween costume causes scare at Florida university

Posted at 8:23 AM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 10:23:21-04

ORLANDO – It’s not illegal to bring live ammo onto the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, yet a student wearing what he described as a “Terminator” costume caused quite a scare this week.

There was only one call to campus police for the young man wearing a bandolier of shotgun shells across his chest, alongside a long leather coat and dark clothing.

Campus police detained the man without any problems. However, UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger told reporters he’s very concerned just one person called it in, especially in the wake of the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

A student journalist who was in the building at the time told NBC affiliate WESH she didn’t think the man intended to cause any problems. “He definitely looked like he regretted it. So, I’m assuming it was just an honest mistake,” said Elizabeth Gonder.

Even though the possession of live ammo is not illegal, UCF Police had the following “friendly advice” on their social media accounts.

“Do NOT incorporate simulated or ACTUAL ammunition/weapons into your costumes. It scares others & puts safety at risk. Remember, if you see suspicious activity, call 911 immediately.”

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