Man With Gun Arrested Outside Obama Speech

Gun was not registered

By Jim Iovino
|  Thursday, Sep 10, 2009  |  Updated 2:20 PM EDT
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Man With Gun Arrested Outside Obama Speech

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A man was arrested Wednesday night while trying to get into a secure area near the Capitol with a gun in his car at the time of President Barack Obama's speech to Congress, according to Capitol Police.

The incident happened in the 300 block of First Street SE at about 8 p.m. -- just as the president had started his health care reform speech on Capitol Hill.  

Police said Joshua Bowman, 28, of Falls Church, Va., drove to a security checkpoint near the Cannon House Office Building in a 4-door Honda Civic and said he wanted to park, according to the Associated Press. A permit is needed to enter the area, and cars must be searched. 

Bowman admitted to having a shotgun and ammunition in the trunk of his car after officers saw a gun case during their search, police said. 

Bowman was arrested and charged with an unregistered firearm and ammunition.

He is expected to be arraigned Thursday in D.C. Superior Court.

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