Man arrested in Colorado hotel with assault rifle and high-capacity magazines

By David Edwards
Monday, September 9, 2013 11:52 EDT
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A man with an assault rifle, high-capacity magazines and a stolen handgun was arrested at Colorado Springs hotel over the weekend after employees reported that he was acting threatening.

The Gazette reported that Colorado Springs police were called to Staybridge Suites early Saturday in response to a man who was pacing in the lobby of the hotel, which is just south of the Air Force Academy.

When officers arrived, they observed that the man was holding the semiautomatic handgun. Police also found an AK-47 military-style assault rifle and two high-capacity magazines.

According to KMGH, the man came outside at the officers’ request and was arrested.

Jose A. Lujan was taken into custody without further incident. Authorities said that the handgun had been reported stolen from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Earlier this year, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed into law new gun control measures following the massacre at a movie theater in Aurora. The new law bans the sale or transfer of magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds and requires background checks for all firearm sales.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other outside interest groups are pumping millions of dollars into an effort to recall two of the state senators who voted for the new gun control measures. But on Friday, Pueblo County election officials said that Democrats were holding a nearly 2-to-1 margin over Republicans in early voting turnout. The final day of voting will be on Tuesday.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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