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Man carrying AR-15 arrested at gun rights rally near Capitol

•, by Cara Kumari
 Organizers often request that people who show up to rallies leave their weapons at home, but one man didn't get that message and now faces a misdemeanor.

Troopers arrested Reggie Robertson of Byrdstown for carrying an AR-15 as about 100 people gathered to express their concern about the proposals in Washington to limit semiautomatic assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

"I just feel as an American citizen if I have the right to life, I have the right to defend my life with the best tools available to me," said protestor James Anderson.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robertson brought along an AR-15 and also had a magazine clipped onto the rifle and two others on his belt.

While permit holders are allowed to carry handguns on the Plaza, the THP said it's unlawful to carry a loaded rifle in public places.

The man was cited for unlawful carrying and possession of a weapon, which is a misdemeanor.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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The quotes the reporter got are instructive.  Be interesting to look at Washington's CONstitution to see what it says (guarantees) its populace.

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