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Gun Advocate Arrested On Weapons Charge

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A well-known local gun advocate was booked on a weapons charge after his arrest late Monday night.

Several people called 911 Monday afternoon to report a man wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a semi-automatic weapon on his back in downtown Nashville. Officers found him walking around 2nd Avenue South near Gay Street.

Police questioned the man, identified later as 41-year-old Leonard Embody, and said he was uncooperative. An affidavit said he refused to show identification, and also would not answer whether the weapon was loaded.

The weapon he was carrying was inside a case with a wire lock, and appeared to be similar to an AR-15 with a suppressor. Police said he could not show proof that he legally possessed the suppressor, and due to the lock they were unable to determine if the weapon was loaded.

He was later taken into custody for unlawful possession of a prohibited weapon.

NewsChannel 5 caught up with Embody prior to his arrest, who maintained he did nothing wrong.

"I believe that the Second Amendment should not be infringed. What that means to me is people should be able to carry loaded or unloaded firearms for their own protection," Embody said. "And in this case I am just going around making people aware that they do have that right."

Embody was released on $3,000 bond early Tuesday morning.

The ATF is investigating.

This is not Embody's first run-in with police. Embody filed a lawsuit in 2010 claiming state law that regulates the carrying of firearms was unconstitutional. The suit was filed after state officials took away his carry permit, finding a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public."

The revocation came after Embody was detained by Belle Meade police in 2010 while walking with a .44 caliber black powder revolver in his hand. He was detained in 2009 while walking in Radnor Lake State Park with an AK-47-style pistol. There have been at least three similar incidents, although Embody was never charged with a crime.

Embody claimed in court the Second Amendment gave him a right to carry firearms.

An Appeals Court disagreed earlier this year, ruling that the right to bear arms is not unrestricted.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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