Court: Police can keep guns of man not arrested

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The Indiana Court of Appeals says police can keep nearly 50 guns they seized from a man found watching a Bloomington bar where an Indiana University student partied the night she went missing more than a year earlier.

The 2-1 ruling Tuesday upheld a local judge's ruling allowing police to keep guns they confiscated from Robert Redington's Indianapolis home in August 2012. Police found Redington peering through a range finder at the bar Lauren Spierer visited before her June 2011 disappearance.

Redington is not suspected in the disappearance, but he made statements to police regarding the Spierer investigation. Police asked him to come to the station for an interview, and he complied. After speaking with him, officers took Redington to the IU Health Center in Bloomington for a mental evaluation.

Redington wasn't arrested, but authorities said a state law allows them to seize weapons from dangerous people.

Redington's lawyer argues the law is unconstitutional and a psychiatrist determined Redington wasn't dangerous.

Attorney Guy Relford says he will appeal.

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