Man carrying gun, baton and handcuffs arrested on SC street

COTTAGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man in South Carolina openly carrying a gun in a holster on his waist along with a police baton and handcuffs told a deputy he had the items in case he needed to make a citizen's arrest.

Colleton County Sheriff R.A. Strickland said a deputy told Raymond Allen he was breaking the law Tuesday as he walked down the sidewalk in Cottageville. In South Carolina, guns have to be concealed in public.

Strickland says Allen told the deputy federal law overrides state law and he was exercising his Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The sheriff in a statement praised his deputy for watching out for the safety of everyone.

Allen is charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.