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Man carrying loaded guns around school arrested


Somerset (WQOW) - A man carrying two loaded guns was arrested near a western Wisconsin school Tuesday.

Crossing guards near the Somerset Middle School called police around noon.  Officers found a 23-year-old man with an AR-15-style rifle slung across his back and a pistol in a holster on his hip.  Police said both guns had high-capacity magazines and were loaded.  Officers also said there were kids in the building at the time.

It's illegal to have guns within 1,000 feet of a school unless someone falls under certain exceptions, but police say the man refused to identify himself or state his intentions, saying only he was within his rights.

Police say because he wouldn't talk, they were unable to determine if he fell under one of the exceptions.  He was then arrested for obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct.  It will now be up to the district attorney whether charges are filed.



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