*Three 6 Mafia lyricist DJ Paul was arrested in New York Sunday night for illegal possession of a taser.

According to reports, police officers confronted the rapper about an open Corona near 39th St. and Nineth Ave. and he allegedly confessed to carrying a weapon. He told police that he carried the piece for personal protection, claiming he didn’t know it was illegal.

“I honestly didn’t know it was illegal,” Paul told TMZ, adding, “I thought it was at the same level as pepper spray.”

“My bodyguard wasn’t around last night and I was by myself in NYC and anything can happen in the late hours down there.”

The taser was confiscated and Paul, cuffed.