A Nashville judge has rejected claims that police had no right to arrest a man who walked around downtown last month wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle.

A Nashville judge has rejected claims that police had no right to arrest a man who walked around downtown last month wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle.

Leonard Embody said at a hearing Tuesday it was not illegal for him to carry the AR-15, which was in a case made of moldable plastic that exactly fit the weapon’s outline with a magazine and silencer attached. Once the case was open, police found the weapon was unloaded and there was no magazine, but there was a silencer.

But Metro Nashville Police Commander Jason Reinbold said he had no way of knowing whether Embody’s weapon was loaded or what his intentions were when police dispatchers began receiving calls from panicked citizens on July 29. Embody is charged with possession of a silencer. A judge has sent the case to a grand jury.