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BB gun sparks scare, arrest near Obama motorcade

President Obama renewed his plea for gun control Monday on the heels of a "60 Minutes" interview featuring the families of Newtown.  NBC's Chuck Todd reports.

Police have taken a man into custody who was in possession of a BB gun while watching President Barack Obama's motorcade depart the University of Hartford on Monday.

According to police, the man was standing near the intersection of Charter Avenue and Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield, Conn., while Obama's motorcade passed.

Officers said they noticed the man acting suspiciously and pacing back and forth before he pulled out what appeared to be rifle.

The man was aggressively taken into custody, and it was learned that what had appeared to be a rifle was actually a BB gun.

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The man has been charged. The exact charges and the suspect's name were not immediately available.

The man will be in court on Tuesday.