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DJ Paul

I Had NO IDEA Tasers

Were Illegal in NYC

10/15/2012 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul tells TMZ ... he shouldn't be considered a criminal for carrying a taser around NYC ... claiming he simply didn't know it was illegal.

As we previously reported, the rapper was arrested late last night when cops approached him about carrying an open can of beer in public (a Corona) ... when they learned he was packin' a taser.

"I honestly didn't know it was illegal," Paul tells us ... adding, "I thought it was at the same level as pepper spray."

Paul continues, "My bodyguard wasn't around last night and I was by myself in NYC and anything can happen in the late hours down there."

Paul says he plans to fight the charges -- telling us, "I have a clean record and don't want to dirty it up for something minor like this ... I wasn't carrying it to go out and harm someone."

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16.

GLaDOS    

Eh, I agree with him. I don't see why this would be an issue. That's a dumb law.

649 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

So the rapper usually has a bodyguard, but didn't think he needed one in NYC, R U freekin nuts, you idiot, that is where you DO need a bodyguard. Aha the stupidity defense. usually works in California, but not so much in NY. Instead of hiring a body guard why not get some teeth....

649 days ago
18.

Laura    

Does this guy really need a bodyguard? I mean, come on. I've never even heard of him.

649 days ago
19.

Seldombinlaid    

I didn't know it was illegal to carry one either. I'll have to look into that in this state. I figured it would make for good protection.

649 days ago
20.

Seldombinlaid    

Another thought. What this man has done to his face, he looks like the thug that would harm someone.

649 days ago
21.

Seldombinlaid    

I suppose he thinks he looks good. I like asking people on the street that. LMBO

649 days ago
22.

diamondsaredumb    

That is one of the ugliest people I have ever seen. Ever.

649 days ago
23.

Cartman    

That is one stupid looking bro.

649 days ago
24.

Mike    

pepper spray is legal in NY?????

649 days ago
25.

Justin    

Ignorance of the law is not an acceptable defense in court. It is his responsibility to know the laws of where he is at. But I'm sure he will get off easy just like the majority of every other celebrity.

649 days ago
26.

Duke Steele    

Well, hes one handsome sob, isn't he?

649 days ago
27.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

wtf did you do to your mug homie?

649 days ago
28.

bboy    

its amazing how we New Yorkers are not allowed to protect ourselves in these means streets. I guess you have to just hope that you aren't victimized, SMH

649 days ago
29.

deb    

Who in their right mind would attempt to touch this clown????

649 days ago
30.

joecrabs    

What a beautiful smile. Damm I love rappers. Their style is just so...mmmmmmmmmm!

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