- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Two men, one of whom was armed with a shotgun, walked into a Wal-Mart Sunday night bought ammunition and loaded the weapon are not being charged with any crime, according to Police Chief Leonard Papania.

The two also showed up at a Krispy Kreme and Winn Dixie with the shotgun in tow. All three businesses are located at along U.S. Highway 90.

“While the actions of these two men are sanctioned by state laws, what they did negatively impacted our community,” Papania said Monday at a news conference with multiple media outlets.

Police are not releasing either man’s name because no criminal charges were filed. The men’s motivations were apparently to “exercise their rights,” Papania said.

“After reviewing the yields of the investigation with prosecutors, it was determined that the action of the two men did not violate Mississippi state statute regarding the carry of firearms,” he said.

Papania said store employees acted properly by evacuating the store and distancing themselves from what he says could have been a potentially violent situation.

“I’ll be very frank with you. I looked very hard at the laws. If there was something I could have arrested these people for, I would,” said Papania.

Mississippi amended its open carry law in 2013 and the law was upheld by the state Supreme Court. The man had a legal right to carry the shotgun into the businesses, none of which specifically forbade firearms on their properties.

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