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Illegal semi-auto rifle found in car at rest stop

BERNARDSTON — A Florida man taking a break from highway driving was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of illegally possessing a firearm after a state police officer observed a semi-automatic rifle resting on the passenger seat of his car.

At 10 p.m., state trooper Michael McNally was doing a routine check of a rest stop off the southbound lane of Interstate 91 in Bernardston, said trooper Kyle Glick. McNally observed a black Mercedes-Benz start to pull out onto the highway, then stop and reverse back into the rest area.

It was then that McNally saw an AR-15 rifle resting on the passenger seat with a magazine in the gun, said Glick.

Glick said that David Ramirez, 35, of Valrico, Fla., was then arrested on several state gun control charges: possessing a large-capacity firearm without a license, possessing ammunition without a firearms identification card, carrying a loaded large-capacity firearm on a public way and possessing a large-capacity feeding device.

Ramirez was also given a citation for driving the wrong way on a state highway, said Glick.

He did not struggle with McNally although he “was confused as to why he was being placed under arrest,” said Glick.

Ramirez was arraigned Wednesday at Greenfield District Court with a bail set at $10,000.

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