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Dan Bilzerian

Arrested for Attempting to Make A Bomb

12/10/2014 5:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1207-dan-bilzerian-tmz-03Dan Bilzerian was trying to make a bomb TMZ has learned ... which is why he was arrested when he landed at LAX late Tuesday.

We've learned an arrest warrant was issued in Clark County, Nevada. Bilerzian has been charged with violating a law making it a crime to possess an explosive or incendiary device with the intent to manufacture it.

According to the criminal complaint -- obtained by TMZ -- Bilzerian had ammonium and aluminum powder, along with ammonium nitrate mix -- and when mixed it acts like pure TNT.

The warrant was issued last month but it was confidential ... under seal, presumably because cops were continuing to investigate and they didn't want their cover blown if the warrant became public.

Bilzerian is being held without bail.  

Bilzerian is a fan of weapons ... he got washed out of the Navy SEAL program in 1999, 2 days before graduation.

If convicted of the felony he faces between 1 and 6 years in prison. 

Story developing ...


'Billy Bob's Gags to Riches'

Ranch Hand Pulls Gun on Wannabe Inventor

12/10/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Billy Bobs Gags To Riches Stalker
The star of Discovery's "Billy Bob's Gags to Riches" -- a redneck version of "Shark Tank" -- apparently had a tough decision to make ... humor an inventor he thought was a stalker, or let his ranch hand go down in flames -- and guess which he chose?

Billy Bob's show showcases inventors with gag products, like fake teeth that make you look like a hillbilly. A guy named Dennis Weir had an invention he wanted to pitch ... badly, so he hunted Billy Bob down to the point BB felt like he was being stalked.

Dennis showed up at Billy Bob's Illinois hunting lodge earlier this month, and the ranch hand went to the edge of the property, pulled a .45 caliber pistol on Dennis and told him to get out of Dodge.

Dennis called the cops and the ranch hand was arrested for assault. But it appears from the police report cops had an idea that would make everyone happy and presumably the criminal case would go away. All Billy Bob had to do was meet Dennis and hear about his invention.

The cop escorted Dennis into Billy Bob's office and asked to see him, but the assistant sent them packing. So Dennis didn't get to pitch is invention, and the ranch hand just got charged with a crime.


Bill Cosby

Gun Fears at Concert Venue

12/4/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bill Cosby GunsBill Cosby has reason to worry about his security ... so much so one of the venues where he was scheduled to perform imposed a mandatory gun check on the audience.

The Tarrytown Music Hall in N.Y. was preparing for a Cosby concert this Saturday, the prep included a significant weapons security check, which includes:

         -- Metal detector wands at the door 
         -- No firearms, knives or other weapons
         -- No backpacks

The theater also made it clear ... there would be zero tolerance for any protests inside the venue.

The Exec Director of the theater tells TMZ the extra security measures were not routine ... they were rolled out for Cosby's show.

Turns out the show will not go on. It was abruptly cancelled Wednesday, at the behest of Cosby and the promoter.

Officer Darren Wilson

I Did Nothing Wrong ...

and I'd Do it Again

11/25/2014 1:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Officer Darren Wilson
says the Missouri Grand Jury did the right thing, he has a clear conscience over the death of Michael Brown, and he'd do it again.

Wilson sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos Tuesday and gave his version of events -- that Brown reached into Wilson's patrol car and attempted to grab his gun, and Brown then charged Wilson which is when he began shooting.

Wilson says he would have done the same thing if Brown was white ... that race had nothing to do with it.

Stephanopoulos' interview airs Tuesday on ABC's World News Tonight.

'Star Trek: Voyager' Actor

I'm Scared For My Life

My Wife's Gun Was Used in MURDER

11/25/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Robert Picardo Wife Murder
"Star Trek: Voyager" actor Robert Picardo says his estranged wife is under investigation in a murder case, and he now believes his own life is in imminent danger.

Picardo -- who's in the middle of an ugly divorce from Linda Pawlik -- asked a judge to throw Pawlik off his property STAT, because he's deathly afraid of her. She's currently living in a guest house on the property -- after Picardo got a restraining order against her.

In new court docs, Picardo says Pawlik was questioned by cops after her friend, Edward Mello, was found dead Oct. 29 in a hotel room -- killed with a handgun he says was registered to Pawlik.   

Picardo claims Pawlik was ordered to turn over all 10 of her handguns when he got the restraining order ... but he claims at least 4 guns were never turned in -- and one was used to murder Mello. He also claims Pawlik hangs out with violent criminals and drug users.

A judge sided with Picardo ... and ordered Pawlik to move out of the guest house and off the property by Dec. 7. ... but Picardo has to pay $10K toward her moving expenses. 

We tried several times to reach Pawlik ... but so far no word back.


Jose Canseco

I'm Selling The Gun

... That Shot Off My Finger!

11/17/2014 4:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

FOR SALE: Used .45 caliber Remington pistol.

It's clean. It's got gold-plated grips. And it took out Jose Canseco's middle finger.

The former MLB superstar has announced he's selling the handgun that blew off the middle digit on his left hand.

Jose had previously explained that the gun accidentally fired while he was cleaning it earlier this month ... and says the whole thing freaked him out because the bullet almost struck his girlfriend.

Now, Jose says he wants the weapon out of his life for good ... well, as long as the price is right.

Canseco has said he wants to sell the gun on eBay -- but the company doesn't allow people to sell firearms on the website ... so he's gonna have to find another way to unload it.

So far, no word on the asking price.

Oh, and Jose also says he's considering selling the finger he shot off ... claiming it's currently being stored in his freezer.

Canseco says it could be used for "stirring straw for drinks."

Can you say stocking stuffer?!


Handcuffed by Cops in South Central

11/10/2014 4:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tyga was cuffed by a swarm of cops in South Central L.A. during a music video shoot.

The rapper was shooting a video in a Rolls-Royce.  He was driving and there were other guys in the car.

The LAPD pulled him over and you see in the video Tyga up against a fence, surrounded by numerous officers and 6 cop cars.

One eyewitness says the traffic stop was for reckless driving ...  we've confirmed this with LAPD. 

It's unclear why Tyga was put in cuffs, but we're told he was eventually released but his bodyguard was arrested ... we're told for possession of a gun that was not registered in California.



Will Ferrell

Take My Elf-ing Pic

Off Your GUN Ad!

11/6/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Will Ferrell Gun Ad
'Twas the month of November ... long before Christmas begun -- yet a company launched an ad of Will Ferrell ... pushing a deal on a gun.

Poor Will never gave permission for this flyer to be seen ... but there was his beloved "Elf" character ... with an AR-15.

The company which produced "Elf" was especially pissed -- so their lawyers sent a gift ... a cease and desist.

We're told the ad was scrapped ... taken down right away ... out of fear of the cash they soon might have to pay.

So what did we learn from this holiday lesson?

Best check with a celeb ... before you show them toting weapons.

Jose Canseco

Cops Investigate Shooting

... No Foul Play

10/29/2014 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Police have investigated the Jose Canseco shooting -- and have determined there was nothing nefarious going down when the ex-MLB star discharged his gun yesterday and blew off his finger.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Canseco had claimed he accidentally fired his handgun inside his Las Vegas home while attempting to clean the weapon.

The bullet ripped through his middle finger ... and he was rushed to the hospital where doctors tried to save the digit.

Now, we've learned the Las Vegas Metro Police Department went to Canseco's home to see if there was any foul play involved with the shooting ... and ultimately determined there was no crime -- it was all just an unfortunate accident.

As for the status of Jose's hand -- he just posted a pic of it in a cast saying, "Got no sleep. Hope I can keep my finger, but grateful it wasn't something worse..."



Ottawa Game Canceled

Following Deadly Shooting

10/22/2014 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1022-canada-shooting-nhl-getty-02The NHL has postponed tonight's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators because of the tragic shootings in Ottawa this morning.

No make-up date has been set for the game yet ... with the league saying it will announce the new schedule at a later time.

The chaos started this morning when a man allegedly armed with a rifle shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial downtown.

TMZ Sports obtained a release from the NHL, saying ... "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa."

We're also told the Maple Leaf players are currently on lockdown at a hotel on Parliament HIll.

Story Developing ...

Maria Menounos

Car Window Explodes ...

'We're Being Shot!'

10/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

Maria Menounos Car WindowMaria Menounos thought a sniper was opening fire when her car window suddenly exploded Thursday morning in NYC -- but what really happened was still pretty scary.

One of our camera guys got Maria shortly after the accident ... and she told us shards of glass went flying everywhere because someone threw a friggin' TIRE IRON through the rear window.

The TV host was okay, but she explained how other passengers narrowly escaped serious injury. 

Cops were on the scene ... but it's unclear if some tool threw the tool -- or if it was just road debris.


Waka Flocka Flame

Loaded Gun that Triggered Arrest

Thanks for the Pic, TSA!

10/11/2014 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1011-TSA-Waka-Flocka-Gun-INSTAGRAM-01Take a look at the gun Waka Flocka Flame sent through an airport scanner with 29 rounds PLUS one in the chamber -- posted by TSA's Instagram ... yes, TSA has an Instagram.

Shortly after Waka's arrest Friday the agency posted a pic of the gun/ammo ... adding the whole thing would have been A-OK had the owner just checked it as baggage. 

The post doesn't name Waka ... but as far as we know, no other firearm arrests were made that day.

As we previously reported ... Waka's lawyer says his client accidentally grabbed his fiancee's bag at home with the gun tucked inside -- all just a big mistake.

As they say ... tell it to the judge.


Waka Flocka Flame

Arrested for Packing Heat at Airport

10/10/2014 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

2:39 P.M. PDT -- Waka's rep, Debra Antney, tells TMZ ... it was all a big mistake ... he accidentally grabbed his fiance's bag -- which contained the gun. She explains ... they're in the process of moving and all their stuff got mixed up in the move ... which is how the gun ended up in the bag.
Joking about Ebola is the newest way to get yourself in trouble at the airport, but bringing a gun through security is the classic way ... as Waka Flocka Flame learned on Friday morning.

Flame was busted at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when a security scan turned up a loaded handgun in his bag.

Waka didn't have a permit, so he was arrested and charged with Carrying a Weapon in a Prohibited Place. He was taken to Clayton County jail.

Story developing ...

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