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Man Arrested With Rifle, Ammo, Gas Mask at New York's Times Square Metro Station - Reports

© AP Photo / Wong Maye-EA woman stands alone outside an empty subway entrance on 42nd Street in Times Square, which is usually bustling with activity, in New York, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
A woman stands alone outside an empty subway entrance on 42nd Street in Times Square, which is usually bustling with activity, in New York, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.04.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - An Ohio man carrying a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, and a gas mask was arrested in the Times Square Station of the New York City subway system on Friday, NBC reported.

While performing an inspection of the station, NYPD officers noticed the man when he took the weapon, reportedly an AK-47 rifle, out of a bag and placed it on the ground, the report said, citing officials. The man was then taken into custody by the officers.

According to the report, citing the officials, the man was arrested by officers at a subway station near the A/C/E line in Times Square on Friday afternoon.

Investigators are working to determine why the man was carrying the items.

The man reportedly claims that it was legal for him to have the weapon. The rifle was unloaded when officers arrested him, but he did have a loaded clip with him.
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