Thursday, September 10, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a Virginia man for purportedly trying to get into a secure area near the Capitol with a gun in his car as the president gave his health care address to Congress.

Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said Thursday that Joshua Bowman, 28, of Falls Church, Va., was arrested at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Ms. Schneider said Mr. Bowman approached a security checkpoint near the Cannon House Office Building in a 4-door Honda Civic and told officers he wanted to park.

People who want to get into the area must have a permit and have their vehicles searched. The timing of the request raised an officer’s suspicion, Ms. Schneider said, and Mr. Bowman consented to a vehicle search.

Ms. Schneider says a shotgun and ammunition were found in Mr. Bowman’s trunk. She said Mr. Bowman was charged with having an unregistered firearm and ammunition.

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