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Man subdued, arrested at Concord gun rally

  • Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Ralph Demicco (middle), of Candia, argues with a gun regulation advocate during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Ralph Demicco (middle), of Candia, argues with a gun regulation advocate during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Daniel Musso, of Brentwood, is apprehended by law enforcement officers during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Ralph Demicco (middle), of Candia, argues with a gun regulation advocate during a gun control rally supported by Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Concord on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

A tense rally of gun regulation advocates outside the State House in downtown Concord this afternoon has resulted in the arrest of one man, a gun-rights activist who came to protest the event and its speakers.

Based on video and witness accounts of the incident, the man was restrained by the police after touching one of them on the shoulders, and apparently stun-gunned seconds later after resisting arrest.

The police have identified the suspect as Daniel Musso, 52, of Brentwood, but are not confirming whether a stun-gun was used to suppress him during the arrest. An officer had been holding a stun gun near Musso’s chest when he was initially restrained, and one witness said he heard a pop and a buzz as the suspect, who had been standing, fell to the ground.

Musso has been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of simple assault, according to a press release.

Minutes before the arrest he had approached a microphone at the center of the rally and interrupted the speaker, John Cantin, whose daughter was shot and killed by her estranged husband in Manchester in 2009.

Emotions had been high before the arrest, with Second-Amendment advocates – many brandishing firearms and signs – chanting over gun regulation speakers.

The rally was part of a bus tour sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, that is trying to raise awareness of gun violence and push for expanded background checks. It launched in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, which was the six-month anniversary of the massacre there that killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

This story will be updated.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

Legacy Comments4

Just Remember that this Gentleman in the video has a Family that cares about him, but unfortunately his two son's are currently Deployed in Afghanistan, Doing thier jobs. Thank you...

Jeremy got it wrong before he got it right. "A tense rally of gun regulation advocates" is not what I saw when my wife and I were there earlier reading names from that very long list of over 6100 people who have died since December 14th. He then got it right describing this event as "trying to raise awareness of gun violence and push for expanded background checks." The fellow who was subdued crossed the line when he went after the father of a gun violence victim. Shame on him for doing that. There were others there who had meaningful discussion without shouting or posturing to make a point. For those people...thank you!

I was at this protest today, on the gun side, telling the cops to stop brutalizing this man. They pinned him to a wall, punched him, one "officer" choked this poor guy. Then the little hook nosed officer tased him. The police made a bad choice. I took a video with my phone and uploaded it to YouTube the link is below, 2 minute long video. Decide for yourselves... http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=wbKUs2C3u4w

Gotta watch out for folks brandishing signs. . .

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