Elvis guns obsession: Firearms in bed, machine gun toilet tantrums and crotch near-miss
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Elvis Presley had some very eccentric behaviour from his flamboyant dress sense to repetitive eating habits, but he also really loved guns. When The King returned to live performing with his Las Vegas residences, he would walk through the audience during Can’t Help Falling In Love and give kisses to the girls. However, this was soon stopped in 1970 after a death threat which saw the star dramatically increase his security.
That autumn, Elvis obsessively bought guns and visited police forces around the country, collecting their badges. He even presented President Richard Nixon with a commemorative Colt. 45 pistol when he visited the Oval Office in The White House.
A firing range was set up behind Graceland next to his father Vernon’s office, where bullet holes can be seen to this day on the wall, barely covered up on the brickwork with paint. There’s even a bullet hole in the bottom of Lisa Marie’s childhood slide, but the Memphis Mafia were careful not to leave loaded weapons lying around the mansion.
The son of Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith, Danny, said on his YouTube channel said: “As far as us, all the kids [and] Lisa running around… [we] never ever seen one. On some of the guys? Sure did. Did I see pistols and stuff on Elvis, or Thompson Machine gun or a shotgun rifle? Sure, but he was either showing it or using it or had it on. He was safe enough and wouldn’t have done anything like [leave a loaded gun around the house].”
Nevertheless, when in a mood swing The King would sometimes take it out on a TV or toilet. His final girlfriend Ginger Alden remembered how the star’s love of guns with this “a dangerous combination”.
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