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Man who carried gun in TN park sues, says ranger's treatment harsh

Clay Carey • Feb 10, 2010 at 12:00 AM

A Middle Tennessee man has sued a Nashville park ranger, alleging the officer was unfairly harsh when he saw the man carrying a large handgun in a park.

Leonard Embody says he was within his rights to carry an AK-47 handgun at Radnor Lake Park on Dec. 20. He has a permit to carry the weapon, according to the federal lawsuit.

Embody says that park manager Steve Ward pointed a shotgun at him and handcuffed him as Embody was walking through the park. In his lawsuit, Embody says he was detained by police for more than three hours in all, longer than police should have needed to determine whether he was committing a crime.

Last year, state legislators passed a law that made it legal for permit holders to carry guns in Tennessee parks.

Read the full report at the Tennessean's Web site.

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