LPD: Man allowed to carry rifle along Sagamore Parkway

Lafayette police say Jim Sanders can carry his rifle on city streets as long as he doesn't threaten anyone. (WLFI Photo)
Lafayette police say Jim Sanders can carry his rifle on city streets as long as he doesn't threaten anyone. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – An area man who is protesting losing his driver’s license is now walking around town carrying a rifle.

It was a sight on Sagamore Parkway Tuesday that raised a number of eyebrows and drew numerous phone calls to Lafayette police.

Jim Sanders walked from his home in Mulberry to a Lafayette pharmacy and restaurant with his rifle strapped to his torso.

He told News 18 that he’s walking in protest after losing his driver’s license in April after he refused to pay a fine for several infractions including failing to signal and possession of multiple licenses.

Lafayette police say as long as he doesn’t point his rifle or threaten anyone, he is within his rights to carry a gun.

Sanders said his license was unlawfully taken from him and that the public has nothing to fear.

“I have the right to do it for protection. I’ve got valuables on me, I’ve been walking on the highway and you don’t ever know who’s going to come up against you especially in the middle of the night,” said Sanders.

Sanders said he will be walking in protest until he is given his license back.

BONUS VIDEO: Watch the full interview with Jim Sanders by clicking the second video above.

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