Tourist Brings Gun to Empire State Building, Gets Arrested

The man and his friend were taken into custody, but the friend was later released

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:35 AM EDT
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Tourist Brings Gun to Empire State Building, Gets Arrested

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A tourist from Georgia was arrested Tuesday after he brought a gun to the Empire State Building, police said. 

The 39-year-old man was waiting on a security checkpoint line at about 7 p.m. when he saw a sign stating no firearms were allowed inside the building, police said.

The man told the security screener he was carrying a .40-caliber pistol in his waistband and that he had a permit to carry in his home state. 

He and a friend were taken into police custody; the friend was released, but the man is facing charges for illegal gun possession in New York, according to police.

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