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Man Caught With 2 Guns At Rochester Mall

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – A 23-year-old Rochester man is in jail after police say he was caught with two handguns in a duffel bag at Apache Mall.

Police say one of the guns was loaded.

The man told police he was looking to take the guns elsewhere for target practice.

Capt. Brian Winters tells the Post-Bulletin it didn’t appear the man had any criminal intent. But Winters say the man has a previous conviction that prohibits him from carrying a firearm.

The man met a friend who works at the mall Sunday and told him he had two handguns, briefly showing one to the friend, who notified mall security.

Security officers detained the man without incident and took the bag away from him before police arrived.

The man has not been formally charged.

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