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The way these two individuals were treated... it just seems so arbitrary. Importance of knowing the law, I guess.

A New Hampshire man arrested yesterday morning for having a loaded, unlicensed gun in his car at the school where President Obama later held his health care forum “intended no harm,” a business associate told a local newspaper today.

“He’s just somebody who was forgetful and he made a big mistake,” said a man who answered the phone at Plain & Fancy Brick Work, owned by Richard Terry Young of Hampton, N.H.

The 62-year-old Young was arrested about 9:40 a.m. inside Portsmouth High School and charged with criminal trespass and carrying a loaded pistol without a license. Both are misdemeanors. He was detained by the Secret Service and then arrested by Portsmouth police.

An officer reported that Young had sneaked past a security perimeter and was carrying a pocket knife. A search warrant led to the discovery of a .380 Kel Tec semiautomatic pistol, with one round in the chamber, concealed in a bag.

TPMDC reports that Young was released on his own recognizance, though he would have to pay $30,000 if he skipped town.

No word on whether the Secret Service might file federal charges.

It was the only arrest but the second gun-related incident involving Obama's appearance.

MSNBC showed video of a man with a holstered 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol strapped to his right leg.

The man, identified as William Kostric, was holding a sign that read, “It’s time to water the tree of liberty.” It was a reference to Thomas Jefferson's quote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Local police said that state law permitted Kostric to openly carry a licensed handgun and that the Secret Service had him under surveillance. Kostric was protesting down the street from the school, on a church lot. He said he had permission from the church.
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