Last winter, Musk promised the world a flamethrower if we bought 50,000 The Boring Company hats. The hats sold, the flamethrower went up online for the low price of $500, plus tax, and The Boring Company promptly sold $5 million worth of them.
Flamethrowers are actually unregulated in almost every state because, according to the Washington Post, "they aren't considered a 'firearm,' which -- unlike a flamethrower -- is defined by its ability to expel a projectile using an explosive." The only states that do ban them outright are California and Maryland, but these probably don't fit that definition anyway as they don't shoot a flammable liquid and the flame is pretty short. They're really more like giant, highly impractical propane lighters.
As you can imagine, politicians were not thrilled about this plan. California Democratic Assemblymen Miguel Santiago posted a huge press release to Twitter and said, "If this is real, I’m outraged and you should be too. If this is a joke, then it’s a terribly insensitive one given that we’re coming off of the worst wildfire season in history. Either way: NOT FUNNY. NOT GONNA HAPPEN." But as we've established, it is real. And it is happening.
In an attempt to bypass any restrictions, Musk also changed the name to "Not-a-Flamethrower" and sent out rhyming, whimsical terms and conditions.