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Trial Ordered For Rifle-Toting Teen

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The front sight of a rifle. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images, File)

The front sight of a rifle. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images, File)

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BIRMINGHAM (WWJ) – A Metro Detroit teenager who was arrested while carrying a loaded M-1 rifle through downtown Birmingham will go on trial.

Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt said 18-year-old Sean Combs refused to cooperate after officers confronted him along Old Woodward Avenue.

Combs was arrested charged with brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police and disturbing the peace.  Each is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Combs, who is a student at Troy High School, said he was just minding his own business and police caused the disruption.

Supporters say the charges should be dropped because of the state’s open carry law. They say Combs, who had received the rifle about a month earlier as a birthday gift, was only carrying the weapon in support of the state’s gun rights.  (More on this here).

Combs will be back in court later this month.

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