Thursday, January 31, 2013
A 22-year-old man in Charlottesville, Virginia, scared the shit out of a group of people Sunday night when he walked into a grocery store with a loaded AR-15 strapped to his back. And as a result he pissed of folks on both sides of the debate.
Charlottesville’s NBC29.com reports that an unidentified man entered a Charlottesville Kroger grocery store at 5:00 p.m. Sunday night. He left again, returned to his car and retrieved an AR-15. He then went back into the store.
The real twist to this story is that he doesn’t seem to have been there to shoot anyone or steal anything. That’s how most of these stories seem to be going these days. Instead, it seems, the man was exercising his legal right to open carry.
The patrons of the store panicked and fled, dialing 911 as they went. The police arrived in time to find the man in the parking lot of the grocery store with his rifle. The peacefully detained the man. There was a note in his pocket, declaring his intent to express his second amendment rights. The police questioned him. And after determining that he had broken no laws, they released him.