Police in Rochester say a Congress Avenue resident scared off two burglary suspects early Tuesday by confronting them with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
The AR-15 is one of the weapons included in a recently-passed partial state ban on assault rifles.
Chief Jim Sheppard of the Rochester Police Department says this was a case of a legal gun owner using the weapon responsibly.
It's also the first such incident involving an assault rifle since the new state gun regulations were passed.
Sheppard says he is bound by oath to support the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but is foremost concerned about the safety of citizens and police.
"My druthers is that in every situation we encounter as police officers, we're the only ones with guns. That would be the perfect scenario," said Sheppard. "From a personal safety, taking care of my people... if we're the only ones with guns, we win. And that's what I want."
Sheppard told reporters he supports the state's partial assault weapons ban, because preventing gun violence is his first priority.