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Man Accused of Having Shotgun in Car Outside Buchanan Appearance

March 11, 1996

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ A man who followed a motorcade carrying presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan, ignoring police who tried to wave him off, was arrested after officers found a sawed-off shotgun in his car, authorities said.

Nickolas Owens, 34, of Arlington, was arraigned today on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon in a place where weapons are prohibited _ namely, a college campus _ and an investigative charge of possessing components used for an explosive device, police spokesman David Tull said.

A can of gasoline and other, undisclosed items were found in the trunk of Owens’ car, Tull said.

Each charge carries up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Owens was held on $4,000 bond.

Owens was detained Sunday night at the University of Dallas as the Republican columnist arrived for a campaign appearance, Tull said.

``The motorcade was moving and he was right behind the last car,″ Tull said. ``He went right on in with them and disregarded the officer who waved him off.″

Police stopped his car and found a 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun in plain view in the front seat, Tull said. He didn’t know if the gun was loaded.

``The whole thing was done without incident, so I don’t know what the intentions were,″ Tull said. ``He didn’t give the officer any trouble.″

Buchanan, asked about the arrest, looked surprised, saying, ``I don’t know anything about that.″

There was no answer Sunday night at a telephone listed in Arlington for Nick Owens.

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