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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Police arrest man armed with rifle, handgun near Pride Parade in French Quarter


A man was arrested for having a rifle and a handgun near the Pride Parade in the French Quarter Saturday night, police said.

A 25-year-old man was arrested for having a rifle and a handgun near the Pride Parade in the French Quarter Saturday night (June 8), New Orleans police said. No shots were fired and one was injured.

Cody Jackson was booked into Orleans Parish jail and faces a charge of illegal possession of weapons at a demonstration, police department spokesman Aaron Looney said.

Around 7 p.m., police arrested Jackson near the intersection of Royal and Barracks streets — two blocks from where more than 3,000 people paraded through the streets to celebrate LGBTQ pride, rights, and acceptance. Louisiana’s concealed-carry laws do not permit gun owners to carry firearms within 1,000 feet of a parade route.

The 25-year-old did not fire his weapon and no threats of shooting were made, Looney said. It was not immediately clear how many arrests were made near the parade for the same charge as of Saturday night.

Check back with NOLA.com for updates.

Olivia Prentzel covers breaking news and criminal justice for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Reach her at oprentzel@nola.com or find her on Twitter @olivepretzel.

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