State wins case involving firearm seized in park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville judge has upheld a state statute that restricts the possession of firearms in a case involving a man who carried a pistol at a state park.

Chancellor Russell T. Perkins on Monday ruled against Leonard S. Embody of Brentwood, whose loaded AK-47 pistol was seized by a park ranger at Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville in 2009.

Embody earlier lost rulings in federal court on the same issue.

After his arrest, the state took away his permit to carry a firearm. Embody had claimed he had a permit for the weapon, which was a legal handgun.

Perkins ruled that Embody's argument that the statute is overbroad is without merit. The judge said he failed to show that his right to due process was infringed.

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