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Armed civilian accidentally fires AR-15 outside Ohio military recruiting center

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LANCASTER, Ohio— Authorities say an armed civilian accidentally fired a shot from an AR-15 rifle outside a military recruiting center in Ohio but no one was hurt.

Police in Lancaster say 28-year-old Christopher Reed was holding the rifle outside the center on Thursday when someone asked to look at the weapon. While Reed was clearing the ammunition from the rifle, he accidentally fired a shot into the pavement.

Reed was given a summons to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. A call to a number listed in the police report rang unanswered.

Gun-toting citizens have shown up at military recruiting centers around the country to protect recruiters following last week’s killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

On Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich authorized personnel at Ohio National Guard recruitment centers to carry weapons.

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