An unidentified 22-year-old man will not face criminal charges after carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle into a Kroger grocery store in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday afternoon (video below).
Witnesses said the man entered the grocery store empty-handed, but then returned to his car and carried an assault rifle into the store. That's when witnesses called the police.
The man was questioned by police and said he was demonstrating his Second Amendment rights, reports WVIR-TV.
Police released the man after confirming that he was not a convicted felon, owned the gun legally and it was not concealed.
Virginia does not have a law banning the open carry of most rifles, but the man was permanently banned from the Kroger grocery store.
Witness Monica Green told WVIR-TV: "At first it seemed like the police didn't believe me. I was like, 'No, no. They told me it was someone with a gun and to get out of the store.' And so no sooner than I got in my car, the police had came up and had their guns drawn on a man with an assault rifle."