Man who carried AK-47 pistol in park loses appeal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled a ranger did not violate the rights of a man who wore camouflage and carried an AK-47-style pistol with loaded 30-round clip in a Nashville park.

Brentwood resident Leonard Embody sued Ranger Steve Ward for detaining him at the Radnor Lake State Natural area while Ward determined whether the gun was legal and whether Embody had a permit for it.

Tennessee law allows guns with barrels of less than 12 inches in state parks. Embody's gun was a half inch under the limit.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled against Embody on Thursday, concluding that Ward's actions were reasonable.

The court writes that, "having worked hard to appear suspicious" Embody cannot cry foul after park rangers took the bait.


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