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All I Want For Christmas Is An AK-47?

Ileana Llorens   |   November 28, 2011    4:30 PM ET

The Scottsdale Gun Club in Arizona is offering a twist on the annual photo with Santa by allowing rifle-wielding families to pose alongside St. Nick.

On their website, the shooting range advertises the event with a catchy tagline: "Get Your Holiday Picture With Santa And His Machine Guns!"

Both adults and kids are welcome to choose from a variety of armaments -- from pistols to modified AR15s -- before sitting on Santa's lap for a photo, according to MyFOX Phoenix.

While clearly encouraged at this particular event, posing with the rifles isn't required. Club member Jennifer Dove told the Daily Mail that at least one person declined to have their picture taken with the guns at last year's event.

"Whether you're a gun advocate or not, you should have a lot of fun with it," club member Richard Jones told MyFOX Phoenix.

The club's first session was held on Nov. 26, but gun enthusiasts have a second chance to snag a snapshot on Dec. 10. There's a $5 fee for members and $10 for nonmembers, according to club's website.

For more one the story, watch the video report above.

Ice Sculptors Create Giant Nativity Scene In Austria

Jahnabi Barooah   |   November 28, 2011   10:30 AM ET

To mark the start of the Advent season, ice sculptor Gert J. Hoedl and his international team created a nativity scene made of ice, in Graz, Austria on Nov. 26, 2011. The nativity scene depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus, while Joseph looks on. The Three Kings are shown bearing gifts. Hoedl and his team have been doing this for this for the start of Advent every year since 1996, with variations in details, and claim it is the biggest one in the world.

Cops Taser Black Friday Shopper

Simon McCormack   |   November 25, 2011    3:09 PM ET

If they're not pepper spraying each other or rioting over waffle makers, Black Friday customers are being tasered by cops and being violently arrested for shoplifting.

WAAY reports that cops said they had to use a stun gun to subdue belligerent customer Christopher Blake Pyron at a Wal-Mart in Florence, Ala.

From WAAY:

According to police, Pyron was stumbling and grabbing items and causing a scene in the busy store. An officer tried to get Pyron to calm down, and tried to take him somewhere less crowded. According to investigators, Pyron jerked away and swung at the officer. At that point, the officer grabbed his taser and shot Pyron, taking him to the ground.

Pyron was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to WAAY.

The arrest wasn't the only taser-aided cuffing of this holiday season. Miltord Patch reports that an officer used a stun gun to bring down a man involved in a scuffle at a Wal-Mart on Thursday night.

Then there's the case of the grandpa who was either the victim of a violent police mistake, or a shoplifter taken down with appropriate force, depending on who you ask.

MyFox Phoenix reports that witnesses said a young boy was trampled by bargain-hunting shoppers at a Buckeye, Ariz. Wal-Mart. In an effort to free up his hands so he could protect his grandson, witnesses told the station that the grandpa put a video game in his pants.

But police told a different story. They told MyFox that the man was trying to shoplift and when they tried to question him about the video game, he started "flailing his arms."

Police used a leg sweep to bring the man down. He hit his head and had to be treated at a local hospital, police told the station. He's charged with resisting arrest and shoplifting.


By ROBERT JABLON   |   November 25, 2011    3:14 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- A woman trying to improve her chance to buy cheap electronics at a Walmart in a wealthy suburb spewed pepper spray on a crowd of shoppers and 20 people suffered minor injuries, police said Friday.

The attack took place about 10:20 p.m. Thursday shortly after doors opened for the sale at the Walmart in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley.

How Many Naked Santas Is Too Many Naked Santas?

Aaron Sankin   |   November 18, 2011    4:30 PM ET

It always feels good to be part of something larger than yourself; it's why people march in protests, attend music festivals or voluntarily watch the World Cup.

This being San Francisco, it's also why a large group of people, all dressed in Santa hats and little else, are planning on coming together in an effort to set the world record for the largest gathering of naked Santas ever recorded.

This world record attempt, which will be fully documented for posterity by the good people at Guinness, comes as part of San Francisco's tenth annual Santacon party on December 10th.

Started in San Francisco in the mid-1990s, Santacon is an annual celebration of Santa Claus wherein hundreds of revelers dress up like Kris Kringle and commit wanton acts of intoxicated debauchery in bars and on street corners across the city.

If you've ever wandered past a rowdy pub on a crisp December evening and wondered why two gentlemen dressed as Santa Claus were engaged in a fistfight, Santacon was almost undoubtedly to blame.

While the attempt to break the naked Santa world record is, given San Franciscan' penchant for public nudity, obviously a Bay Area original, Santacon has gradually become an international phenomenon with parties packed with the jolliest of old St. Nicks stretching from Beijing to Belfast.

According to the event's Facebook page, an official location will be announced on December 9th. All holiday-themed nudity enthusiasts are encouraged to participate as long as they obey a few simple rules:

You have to be naked, but CAN and SHOULD be at least wearing a Santa hat. Boots/boot covers and gloves are also OK. Otherwise, it's Full Monty or nuthin'

No Elves, No Reindeer, etc. San Francisco LOVE's all Santacon revelers, but Guinness will be strict about the "Santa" requirement.

You'll have to sign some paperwork with your name, address and email and an OK to take your photo, that's part of the Guinness rules too.

Don't worry about breaking the law; public nudity is perfectly legal in San Francisco as long as it's not of an explicitly sexual nature.

Although, due some recently enacted local legislation, if any nude Santas have the urge to sit down on a public bench, they're going to have to put down a towel first.

Check out this video from last year's Santacon party in New York:

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