A former “Sons of Guns” reality TV star did a double-take last month when he clicked on a link that said, “Rapper Threatens Trump” and instantly recognized his distinctively customized firearms being waved around by a local wannabe.
“As I’m watching it, I’m thinking these guns are very recognizable,” Joe Meaux,whose Baton Rouge store, Meaux Guns and Ammo, was burglarized in July, 2015. “As I watched more, I realized that they were very familiar. They were stolen from me last year.”
By the time Meaux called police, he said local authorities and the Secret Service were already aware of the Instagram video featuring Demarcus Davis, 22, a local rapper who goes by “Maine Musik.” While they may not have known the guns were stolen, the federal agency takes any threat to a presidential candidate very seriously.
“I really want to go to war with Donald Trump because Donald Trump is tryin’ to take food stamps from my momma and that’s all the (expletive) she got,” Davis said on the video. “Let Donald Trump know it’s up over here. We want war; we’re going to declare war.”
Later in the video, Davis makes an ambiguous reference to ISIS.
“I ain’t worried about ISIS,” Davis said on camera. “They just called me and want me to f**k with them now. You heard me, we’ve got them drums and grenades but I’m scared to throw them.”
Davis was nabbed on June 3, when he ran a stop sign in Baton Rouge, according to police. There was a warrant out for his arrest stemming from an undisclosed 2015 incident.
“Davis was stopped for traffic violation,” Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said. “It was at that time that we learned that he was wanted and then he was taken into custody at that time.”
Davis was booked on multiple weapons counts and a drug charge, police said. He posted $23,000 bail and was released the same day, according to online records. While his charges include possession of stolen guns, Davis is not currently suspected of taking part in a burglary blitz of Baton Rouge gun shops last summer that included an audacious heist at Meaux’s store. Three men are facing prosecution for those break-ins.
The Secret Service did not respond to a request for comment.
Meaux said his guns, stolen when thieves bored into the side of the Mammoth Avenue building after hours, were easy to spot.
“My guns are all very recognizable, we do a lot of custom work,” he said. “There was one Ak-47 copy built from a .22 I identified. Everything from the optic to the way the sling was placed was all very identifiable.”
In addition to the videos featuring allegedly stolen guns, investigators found a photo of Davis holding a stolen customized Ruger 10/22 Krinker Plinker on his public Facebook page, sources said. His Instagram account, which has 53,000 followers, still shows photographs of him posing with other guns.
“Many of the items have been recovered, but the matter is still under investigation so when that is completed we will hopefully get them back,” Meaux said. “But the most important thing is that they are off the streets now.”
A store Meaux previously ran, Red Jacket Firearms, was for several seasons the centerpiece of the Discovery show “Sons of Guns.” The show was canceled in 2014 after co-owner Will Hayden was charged with raping a minor.
Davis, who could not be reached for comment and did not have an attorney listed on court documents, is back on the streets awaiting his next legal hearing. And in a new video posted to his Instagram account on Wednesday, he had traded in stolen guns for a knife.
“F**k Donald Trump,” Davis says on screen as he walks through an urban neighborhood, waving a large blade. “No more guns… It’s our summer 16, b*tch.”
Jamie Brennan contributed to this report