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Gun-toting man attracts criticism from both sides

PORTLAND, Maine — A man who strolled through Maine’s largest city with an assault weapon similar to one used in the Connecticut elementary school shootings is drawing criticism from both gun control and gun rights advocates.

Portland police received more than 65 calls Monday reporting that a young man was walking through Parkside neighborhood and the Back Cove area with an AR-15-style assault weapon. Justin Dean, 24, insisted he was not making any sort of statement but rather had the loaded rifle for protection while exercising his Second Amendment rights.

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