Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 19, 2012

Customers frightened as man brings assault rifle into Walmart

SEABROOK, N.H. —

A 21-year-old man walked into Walmart last weekend with an assault rifle strapped to his back and a loaded handgun concealed inside a holster. When stopped, the man initially said he returned to the store because the weapon was damaged.

Later, he told authorities he entered Walmart with the weapon in full display because he wanted to make a statement about gun rights.

The unnerving incident came just a day after 20 students and six adults were shot to death at an elementary school in Connecticut.

No charges were filed, as the 21-year-old man had a permit to carry a concealed weapon and there are no laws in New Hampshire prohibiting gun owners from openly carrying their weapons, according to Seabrook Sgt. Robert Granlund.

“He’s trying to promote carrying weapons openly,” Granlund said. “Is it the wisest decision to carry an assault weapon into a retail store on his back?”

Police stopped the man inside the store and confiscated his guns, but after a quick check showed he was licensed, the rifle and handgun were returned.

The store manager asked the man to leave the store, but told him he could return without the weapons.

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Details for this story were provided by The Newburyport (Mass.) News.

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