After YouTuber Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell was threatened with arrest in August 2018, for ownership of Elon Musk’s ‘Not-a-Flamethrower’, UK police have now obtained a warrant to search his home.
While travelling in the United States in August, Manchester police visited Cassell’s home after they made aware of his ownership of the Flamethrower – likely because of his YouTube video demonstrating it.
Upon his return to the UK, Manchester police informed Cassell that ownership of the weapon is illegal, said to be in breach of Section 5 of the UK firearms act.
Section 5 firearms act. Section 5.1b.
(b)any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas.
Breaching Section 5 of the firearms act leads to breaching Section 1, and Syndicate was left with three options: hand over the weapon, face arrest or police obtain a warrant to search the home.
Now, over two months later, police have now obtained said warrant and submitted it to Syndicate, who has posted it partially on Twitter.
— Tom (@ProSyndicate) November 13, 2018
Syndicate previously explained that it was “hard to let go of” because of it being a collector’s item, and compared its legality to buying a weed burner from Amazon.
Syndicate explained the full situation with the police in a video from August 16, with the image of the search warrant his only public update since.