If the guards even saw them. If they had they would have been questioned, or just outright shot. And the rifle could have been concealed, at least somewhat, in that situation by standing it upright next to himself on the far side.
Grand Low Maker of Mischief, Claw of Chaos, Fang of Anarchy
politics: n. pl. from the Grk polis, meaning many, and the OE ticia, meaning blood sucking insects.