Call of Duty role play leads to weapon charges for Alberta men

Lethbridge police have charged two men who were playing their own version of Call of Duty on a university campus in the southern Alberta city.

2 men carrying pellet guns told police they were playing their own version of the popular video game

Playing video games like Call of Duty does not result in violent behaviour in real-life (Activision/Infinity Ward/AP)

Lethbridge police have charged two men who were playing their own version of Call of Duty on a university campus in the southern Alberta city.

Police got a call late Tuesday night about two men walking around the University of Lethbridge campus with handguns.

"With the assistance of U of L security utilizing surveillance cameras, the subjects were quickly taken into custody and each was found to have a .177 pellet handgun," said police in a release. 

"Both subjects admitted to playing their own real life version of the video game."

Call of Duty allows players to take on the role of machine-gun-toting soldiers in a quest to obliterate each other in online virtual environments.

The men — aged 21 and 25 — have been charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

They are expected to appear in court March 25.