Abington Police: Man Walking Around With AR-15 Won’t Get Gun Back–For Now

ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Police in Abington Township say the man seen walking around with an AR-15 will not be charged and he won’t be getting his weapon back—for now. “We are confident that this weapon should not be, and will not be, returned at this time. Further, under the Mental Health Procedures Act and the Uniform Firearms Act, an individual who has been certified as requiring inpatient care may not possess or purchase firearms,” said Chief Patrick Molloy with the Abington Township Police Department. Credit: Abington Township Molloy says the decision was made after consulting with the district attorney’s office and the FBI. The man, who police are not identifying, was seen several times walking around the community with his AR-15 last week. Police say he was exercising his Second Amendment right. Abington Township Police: Man Walking In Public With AR-15 To Promote Second Amendment Right Molloy says while officers initially did not perceive the man as a threat, three friends later came forward with credible information that he may harm himself or others. Search warrants obtained by Eyewitness News show the man told friends in June 2017 that he wanted to shoot up Abington High School then made similar comments about Penn State Abington in January. Friends also told police he often sent suicidal messages. The affidavit also showed searches on the man’s cellphone, including “what guns were used in mass shootings,” “sandyhook,” and “how many mass shooters have fatherless homes” [sic]. The man does not […]

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