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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man who was detained for three hours while carrying an AK-47-style semiautomatic pistol at Radnor Lake State Park is suing the ranger who stopped him.

Leonard Embody filed a suit in federal court in Nashville on Monday. He claims Park Manager Steve Ward violated his civil rights by detaining him on Dec. 20, 2009 without probable cause and for longer than was necessary to determine he was not committing a crime.

Embody had a handgun carry permit and a new state law allows permit holders to carry their weapons in state parks. However, State Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman Tisha Calabrese-Benton has said Embody was detained because his weapon looked like a rifle.

After Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives personnel were called, Embody was released without charges.

Source: WAAYTV.com

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