You know the law. Commit a felony, lose your gun rights. Not that that prohibition seems to stop many determine felons from getting a heater when they decide they want one. Strange how they seem to have so little regard for gun control laws, no?
Anyway, Emiliano Fernandez apparently didn’t want to risk filling out a 4473 or picking up a piece on the streets, so decided to craft his own shotgun. That’s not a particularly difficult process as anyone with YouTube access can tell you.
We don’t know how Fernandez chose his design, but, well . . .
(Largo, Florida) Police responded to the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday and said they found Emiliano Fernandez with burns to his chest and a severed left thumb, said Largo police Lt. Paul Amodeo.
Police said on Thursday it wasn’t clear if Fernandez shot his thumb off or if the gun malfunctioned. The homemade shotgun was made out of PVC pipe, copper tubing and a galvanized steel cap, police said. Officers said they also found other gun parts and 23 12- gauge shotgun shells in Fernandez’s bedroom after he agreed to let them search his apartment, according to an arrest affidavit.
PVC pipe? Did he think he was making a potato gun?
He faces charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition and making, possessing or discharging a destructive device. Fernandez was being held Thursday in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. He’s also being held on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay child support.
The good thing about being in jail for the foreseeable future is Fernandez won’t need help tying his shoes now that he’s down an opposable thumb. We hear they hand out sandals in the Pinellas County lockup. Receiving one of our IGOTD trophies probably won’t brighten his day much, but we pride ourselves on recognizing achievement whenever we find it.