The Empire State Building in New York City (Getty Images)
NEW YORK (WNBC) -- A tourist from Georgia was arrested Tuesday after he brought a gun to the Empire State Building, police said.
The 39-year-old man was waiting on a security checkpoint line at about 7 p.m. when he saw a sign stating no firearms were allowed inside the building, police said.
The man told the security screener he was carrying a .40-caliber pistol in his waistband and that he had a permit to carry in Georgia.
He and a friend were taken into police custody; the friend was released, but the man is facing charges for illegal gun possession in New York, according to police.
(WNBC New York)