Cops: Man who pulled gun at mall within rights

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Associated Press

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 6:04 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police say a shopper who brandished a handgun during a Black Friday scuffle was within his rights.

Officers were dispatched to a mall's Sears store about 9 p.m. Thursday in response to a call about a shooting.

When they arrived, they detained a man holding a black 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with a black holster.

But the man hadn't fired the loaded weapon. He reportedly showed proof that he has a concealed handgun license. Police say he didn't break the law.

The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/ShZtGB) that he told police he pulled the gun to defend himself because a man punched him in the face.

Witnesses reportedly told police that before he pulled out the gun, he had behaved rudely and had provoked the situation.

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