NEW YORK, N.Y. — When a man in New York was caught with a assault rifle, he was fired.
The incident happened in February, but it took two weeks for his case to be brought to court.
In the meantime, a woman was fired from her job for allegedly assaulting her supervisor.
But, the New York State Attorney General’s office says the man is not a felon, and no charges were filed against him.
When he was finally fired, the state says, the man told investigators he did not understand the reason for his termination.
His lawyer says he believes the reason he was terminated was because of his gun.
New York is one of the few states in the country to allow a gun on the job.
State Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Bronx) says she hopes the incident will help bring more awareness to gun safety.
“If it were up to me, I would want to see people who are afraid to have guns on the street, to be aware that there are ways to protect yourself, and it’s the right way to do it,” she said.
Castor’s office said the man was fired because he had been involved in an altercation with his supervisor and was a risk to himself.
It said the gun in question was stolen from his car and was being used in the workplace.
We’re going to continue to do our part in making sure people who use guns are not put in situations where they are a danger to themselves, their colleagues, their family members or their children,” the attorney general’s office wrote in a statement.
Last year, New York City passed a law allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms on the streets.
A similar law was passed in Wisconsin, and a similar law in Florida.
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