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Jefferson County man arrested after openly carrying gun


PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Jefferson County man who is not allowed to have a gun due to his mental health concerns, was arrested last week for openly carrying in Punxsutawney.

According to court documents, 30-year-old Damian Barch was charged with illegally possessing a firearm.

Punxsutawney Police say they saw Barch walking along West Mahoning Street and openly carrying a holstered handgun.

Officers arrested Barch at a nearby shopping plaza without incident.

An investigation revealed that Barch was not permitted to possess a firearm since he had been ordered to undergo psychiatric care for being a potential risk to himself and others.

Police also say Barch’s conceal carry permit had expired in August.