A Tennessee man on Wednesday caused panic as he paced back and forth near a high school in a bulletproof vest with a rifle strapped across his back and a GoPro camera, WSMV-TV reported.
Multiple people called the police when they saw Leonard Embody with a gun near the school, but he was not arrested because he did not walk onto the school grounds. Open carry is legal in Tennessee.
Embody has been arrested multiple times before for walking around with a gun, but the charges were dropped, according to WSMV.
According to WSMV, Embody has been demonstrating with his gun throughout Tennessee for the past five years in order to defend his Second Amendment right.
After complaints from Hillsboro High School parents, Embody didn’t apologize.
“A school is a prime place to be able to hand out my leaflets and educate children that guns aren’t dangerous as people think they are. Certainly a man carrying a gun doesn’t mean they’re going to get shot,” he told WSMV.
He said it’s not his problem that people are scared of his gun.
“I don’t think I look terrifying. Other people may think I look terrifying, but that’s in their own minds and that’s something they should deal with — with maybe a psychologist,” he said.