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Man With Gun at Bush Rally Indicted on Disorderly Conduct Charge

November 23, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A man who startled observers by carrying a starter pistol to a pre-election campaign rally for Vice President George Bush was indicted Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges.

A federal grand jury brought the charges against John Arthur Junot, 40, of Los Angeles, who was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with disorderly conduct under state law.

Junot was about 50 yards away from the vice president, who was addressing a suburban Los Angeles crowd of about 10,000 on gun control, when the gun fell to the ground. He fled as bystanders yelled he had a weapon and police arrested him moments later.

There was no indication Bush even noticed the incident.

Evidence showed Junot planned several weeks in advance of the Bush rally to take the pistol, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Blackshaw. Among the evidence was a poem allegedly written by Junot for John Hinckley, the man who shot President Reagan.

Police said the starter pistol was the type normally used at track and field events and resembles a handgun, although it fires only blanks.

Junot faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

Arraignment was set for Monday.

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