Post Malone got a quick backlash from his fans after he took a heavily armored lift around Las Vegas atop Humvee with what appeared to be a fully automatic machine gun, but the rapper is claiming the weapon was fake and he did not mean to upset anyone.
The “Rockstar” rapper posted the video Wednesday night riding in a turret on top of the vehicle. Malone was not holding the weapon, which appeared to be unloaded, but fans of the rapper quickly expressed disdain for driving around Las Vegas with a firearm so soon after October’s deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
After the 2017 Vegas Shooting, seems in bad taste to parade around the city with a massive gun… I guess that’s America for ya, eh?
— Ryan Culley (@ryculley) January 25, 2018
Seriously bro? You don’t think seeing a civilian driving a fucking machine gun down the road in Las Vegas after what happened there is gonna scare the ever living shit out of people? GTFO. I enjoy his music but this is nonsense. Def not “how you do Vegas”.
— Aaron Cooper (@dontdieangry) January 25, 2018
There was a shooting in vegas recently and your driving around with a massive gun. Idiot
— Smash Mouth (@TheStrangeEggo) January 25, 2018
The rapper was quick to defend himself, claiming the mounted machine gun was fake and insisting he meant no disrespect.
Post doubled down on his apology the next day tweeting, “Honestly, never meant to offend anybody. i apologize if i did. had no bad intentions. got offered a ride in the humvee and took it.”
Battlefield Vegas is a popular indoor shooting range that allows customers to shoot full-auto machine guns. They also have a full line of tanks and other armored vehicles to drive around their property.
The Las Vegas massacre, which claimed the lives of 59 innocent victims and injured over 800, is the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.