Man banned from Charlottesville Kroger after entering with loaded AR-15 - The Daily Progress: News

weather
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Man banned from Charlottesville Kroger after entering with loaded AR-15

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 6:28 pm | Updated: 9:18 pm, Sun Jan 27, 2013.

An unidentified 22-year-old man carrying a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday was questioned and released by police at the  Kroger at  Hydraulic Road and Emmet Street.

Charlottesville police Lt. Ronnie Roberts said the man did not break any laws. Since he legally owned the rifle and it was not concealed, he was within his rights, Roberts said.

Virginia requires a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but has no such restriction on guns in plain view.

According to police, the man originally entered the store unarmed, then went back to his car and retrieved his rifle. He then walked back into the store briefly before leaving again.

Though he was not arrested, store managers barred him from the property, officials said.

Shopper Monica Green said she fled the store and called 911 after she saw the man. Green said she warned people in the parking lot not to enter the store.

"It's amazing because some people didn't want to believe it was true, they just stood there like sitting ducks," Green said. When she saw the man in was in custody, Green finished her shopping.

Roberts was not sure why the man was carrying a gun.

"It was most likely a demonstration of his Second Amendment rights," he said. "Open carry laws allow you to do that ... the difference here is he had an AR-15, which you can't conceal. You can do the same thing with a gun on your hip."

Now Enrolling!
Epiphany Catholic Now Enrolling! Sign up now and register for the 2014-2015 school year.  Pre-K programs available.  Visit website or call today! 
Free In-Home Replacement Window Estimate
Contact us today to schedule your FREE in-home replacement window estimate.
Buy 10, Get 1 FREE!
Buy 10 Gallons of Milk and Get 1 Gallon FREE!
Come Experience Spring Creek for Yourself!
Come Experience Spring Creek for Yourself! Lifestyle. Convenience. Affordability. Grand opening of our NEW Clubhouse in August!
Avery Square Townhome Community
Stop by today and check out the Avery Square Townhome Community - a new community of luxury townhomes with resort-style amenities that is unique to Charlottesville.! Townhomes starting at just $274,900.
FREE Market Analysis!
Contact Westhills LTD Realtors today for a FREE Market Analysis! Call us at 540-943-9700 or visit our website www.westhillshomes.com for more information!