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Assault rifle-toting man shops in Charlottesville

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

A 22-year-old man who brought a loaded semi-automatic rifle into a supermarket in Charlottesville, Va., will not be charged, police said.

Police tell the Associated Press that the unidentified man didn't break any laws. He legally owned the AR-15 rifle and didn't conceal it, authorities said.

Police say the man entered the Kroger store unarmed around 5 p.m. Sunday, then returned to his vehicle and got the rifle. He carried the weapon into the store and then left again.

Police detained the man and asked him questions.

Police believe the man was demonstrating his Second Amendments rights.

Permits are required in Virginia to carry concealed firearms. There are no restrictions on firearms that are not concealed.

Kroger managers reportedly have banned the man from the property.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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