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What Not to Bring to the Emmys: An Air Rifle

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A worker entering the media and other-attendee entrance at the Emmy Awards was stopped and briefly detained at a police checkpoint when an officer noticed a rifle in the trunk. The episode prompted traffic to be stopped at various checkpoints around the Nokia Theatre in downtown.

The incident that began shortly before 4:00 p.m. only lasted twenty minutes after the gun was found to be a common Airsoft-type rifle (it's like a BB gun), available at most sporting goods and discount stores, according to the LAPD. The driver of the car was a contract worker for an Emmy Awards vendor.

"The explanation provided by the driver and his employment status checked out. He was allowed to continue to his work assignment," the LAPD press release stated (emphasis added by LAPD).

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