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June 5, 2014

Indiana man who lost license walking with rifle

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A man who has been walking along roads in Lafayette carrying a rifle to protest the loss of his driver's license said Thursday he intends to continue doing so despite being clipped in an apparent hit-and-run.

Jim Sanders called police Wednesday afternoon and said he was struck by a pickup truck that swerved at him as he walked along the street with his rifle strapped on. Sanders told The Associated Press that he tried to dodge, but was struck by the truck's rear view mirror.

Police said there were no witnesses and Sanders declined medical treatment.

Numerous people called Lafayette police Tuesday to report seeing a man walking around town carrying a rifle strapped to his torso. Sanders told WLFI-TV he's walking to protest losing his driver's license for refusing to pay a fine and carries the rifle for protection because he doesn't have a handgun permit.

"I'm not out there trying to harm people," Sanders told The Associated Press Thursday. "My only legal mode of travel is walking." Sanders lives in Mulberry, about 12 miles southeast of the central Indiana city. On the day police were called he was walking from home to a restaurant and pharmacy in Lafayette, WLFI said.

Police said Sanders is within his rights carrying the rifle as long as he doesn't threaten anyone.

Sanders lost 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. He said he plans to continue walking until the state returns his driver's license.

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