A peaceful gun protest at Legislative Plaza was disrupted Friday because someone showed up holding a type of weapon the protesters were trying to protect. 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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