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Security company owner defends guns at Wis. mine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The owner of an Arizona security company says its guards at a Wisconsin mine site needed guns because of strange and threatening behavior by mine opponents.

Bulletproof Securities pulled its guards from the Gogebic Taconite mine site in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday because they lacked state licenses. Gogebic spokesman Bob Seitz says the guards will get licenses and return to work within days.

Bulletproof Securities president Tom Parrella told the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday that some mine opponents posted online what appear to be death threats and others have exhibited strange and threatening behavior. Parrella says the company will not put guards in risky situations without a way to defend themselves.

He says guards were carrying lightweight rifles because handguns wouldn't have been effective.

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