Taking Australia’s gun-ban program to another—and utterly ridiculous, we might add—level, the Townsville Crocodiles of the National Basketball League have been forced to surrender the team’s homemade t-shirt cannon to police.
For more than a decade, the air-powered piece of PVC pipe has been used to delight crowds by shooting t-shirts to adoring fans in the stands. That will happen no more—at least not with this particular t-shirt launcher.
“The ballistics unit informed the venue that essentially it was a category B weapon and it needed to be handed in, otherwise people in possession of it would be prosecuted,” general manager Rob Honan told the Brisbane Times. “It was bewildering but it is what it is. But it makes it harder for people to have fun. There is no mechanism that engaged the crowd as much as the t-shirt launcher, which is almost a foundation piece of game day entertainment.”