One Massachusetts student made a fashion faux pas so bad that he was charged with a felony.

Happily, it looks like these charges have been dropped…as the offending belt worn is legal in all 50 states!

Police dropped gun charges last Thursday against a former Fitchburg State University (FSU) student, after they had initially charged him for wearing a decorative belt made of inert ammunition.

According to a local newspaper, the Worcester Telegram, Andrew Despres 20, of New Bedford, was arrested and charged with possession of a belt of semi-automatic rifle ammunition without a Firearm Identification card despite the fact that that such belts are legal in Massachusetts and all 50 states.

Despres, who was also charged with trespassing, had previously been expelled from the school and was apparently returning to retrieve his effects.

As a result of the charges, he spent one week in jail, before being released on $50K bail.

Authorities finally dropped the firearm charge last Thursday, more than seven months later, after they determined the belt, purchased for $37.90 online, contained no live ammunition and was thus legal on school grounds.

According to, the website where Depres’ mother apparently purchased the belt, it is constructed of 57 .308 caliber brass copper bullet tips which have had all explosive materials removed.

The site does recommend customers use good judgment on wearing them in schools, airports, and other areas with heightened security.

Despres plead guilty to the charge of trespassing and was given one-year of administrative probation.

Despite all gun charges being dropped and a state police officer testifying the belt was purely decorative, Despres was required to turn over the fake ammo belt to state authorities.

Despres’ lawyer, Michael H. Erlich, claimed his client frequently wore the belt around campus and had previously worn it as he passed through a Homeland Security checkpoint on a trip to New York City.