California Politician Is 'Outraged' at Elon Musk's 'Terribly Insensitive' Flamethrower

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

By Jennings Brown - GIZMODO

Elon Musk has already made millions selling a really small flamethrower (which is actually just a really big blow torch), but one incensed California assemblymember wants to put a stop to sales in his state.

On Saturday, Musk announced he was selling the $500 flame-sputterers, which are a fundraising merchandise for his tunnel-digging business, The Boring Company. A spokesperson for the company told Gizmodo that as of this morning, it has sold 15,000 “flamethrowers”—$7.5 million’s worth.

Musk tweeted that the short range of the flame (seemingly around two to three feet based on Instagram posts) means the device doesn’t violate ATF’s flamethrower regulations.

Flamethrowers are legal in every state but Maryland—where they are banned—and California, where they can be purchased with a State Fire Marshall permit. But the California restriction only applies to “flamethrowing devices” that “propel a burning stream of combustible or flammable liquid a distance of at least 10 feet.”

One California politician believes that regulation isn’t enough and he is outraged that Musk is selling an extended-reach torch—outraged!

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles took to Twitter to vent his anger: “If this is real, I’m outraged and you should be too. If this is a joke, then it’s a terribly insensitive one given that we’re coming off of the worst wildfire season in history. Either way: NOT FUNNY. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.”