On Monday, Christopher Brinson, 31, waved a gun in a Facebook Live video while singing and dancing with friends.
The peculiar, live-streamed stint could cost Brinson 15 years or more in federal prison. A Fort Lauderdale native, Brinson has previous felony charges against him which legally disallow him from owning, handling or touching a gun.
However, Brinson is defending the video, claiming the gun was actually a realistic-looking, but fake firearm and that he did nothing illegal. While deliberation over the authenticity of the gun proceeds and the case is pending, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Valle is holding Brinson in jail.
Brinson’s attorney, Lawrence Hashish, told the Sun Sentinel that his client is not a potential danger to the community:
“This was nothing but a theatrical performance. He was singing and dancing outside a convenience store, not being threatening in any way. Nobody even called the police.”
The video in question was taken outside a convenience store on the 700 block of Northwest 22nd Road in Fort Lauderdale’s Franklin Park neighborhood. The footage was recorded on March 20 and FBI agents issued a notice of Brinson’s actions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on April 5.
Despite officials having searched Brinson, his car and his home, the gun is nowhere to be found, but court records say a firearms expert has determined that the gun was a “genuine Glock pistol,” based on examining the video, as the gun was held very close to the cell phone camera at times.
Investigators said the video was clear enough they could make out several of the gun’s features, including the color, shape, locations of the serial number plate and trigger guard.
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