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Fisherman reels in gun from Hudson River

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- New Jersey authorities say they are checking a barnacle-encrusted gun fished out of the Hudson River for a connection to any crimes.

Jersey City police said a 71-year-old man was fishing off a pier facing Lower Manhattan Wednesday when he reeled in a .32-caliber semiautomatic handgun, The Jersey Journal of Jersey City, N.J., reported.

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The fisherman carried the gun to a nearby hotel, where a doorman told him to drop the weapon, reports said. The man complied and went back to fishing.

Police say the gun was partially covered with duct tape and had barnacles on it. They interviewed the fisherman, relying on his son as an interpreter because he speaks only Chinese, reports said.

Hudson County First Assistant Prosecutor Guy Gregory said Friday his office and the Jersey City police are investigating.

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