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DUNN, N.C. (AP) -- An AR-15 military-style rifle has been reported stolen from an unlocked garage at the North Carolina home of U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers.

An investigative report released Tuesday by the Dunn Police Department says officers were called to the Republican lawmaker's home last week after her husband noticed the rifle was missing. The weapon was last seen the prior day, leaning against a gun safe in the home's garage.

Ellmers spokesman Thomas Doheny says the congresswoman was in Washington when the rifle was stolen but declined to discuss details, citing the ongoing police investigation. Doheny added that gun safety is a top priority for Ellmers, who as a mother is concerned that the rifle was left unsecured.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic carbine based on the M-16 issued to U.S. troops.

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