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DA mulls charges in incident involving gun, mask

The Lycoming County District Attorney’s office is “seriously considering” charges against a man for showing a gun to restaurant staff during a disagreement in Loyalsock Township on July 25, said a prosecutor.

When two 17-year-old girls working at TGI Fridays asked the man to wear a mask inside the restaurant, he flashed a concealed gun at them, said police.

The case was submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.

“We are seriously considering filing charges, we just don’t know what charges yet,” said Martin Wade, first assistant district attorney.

Prosecutors requested a copy of the police report, incident report and other evidence to review and determine the appropriate charges, he said.

“We had a consultation with the responding officer about a week ago and he explained the circumstances to us, and gave us a synopsis of the witness accounts and suspects of events,” said Wade.

State police have a process of supervisor approval, which can take several days, he said.

“We want to do our due diligence before we arrest somebody,” said Wade.

State police have declared via social media that it is legal to wear a face mask while carrying a concealed weapon amidst the pandemic.

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