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Altoona man faces gun charges

An Altoona man faces charges after state police say he had guns while there is a protection-from-abuse order against him.

Aaron W. Capps, 19, was a passenger in a Jeep pulled over by state police about 9 p.m. Sunday at 13th Avenue and 11th Street, according to the charges.

The driver and Capps told the troopers that they had been “off-roading” and had been shooting guns in the woods. Capps told the troopers he had been in the rear seat but moved to the front seat after they dropped off the owner of the guns they had with them — a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 .22 caliber rifle and a Ruger 10/20 .22LR.

According to state police, there is an active protection-from-abuse order against him in Centre County and because of that, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Capps was booked on a felony prohibited possession of a firearm charge and he was arraigned Monday morning by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner. Capps was released on an unsecured $15,000 bond with a preliminary hearing slated for Aug. 25.

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