PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A man arrested at the site of President Barack Obama's New Hampshire town hall Tuesday was carrying an unlicensed loaded gun, police said.
Richard Terry Young, 62, was arrested inside Portsmouth High School at about 9:40 a.m., long before the president arrived in Portsmouth, Seacoastline.com reported. He faces misdemeanor charges, including trespass and a weapons charge.
Hundreds of protesters greeted Obama.
The demonstrators gathered near Portsmouth High School appeared to be equally divided between supporters and detractors of the president's healthcare proposals to cover millions of uninsured Americans and bring health costs under control, USA Today reported.
Obama discussed aspects of his initiative, such as what it means for people with health coverage and consumer protection mechanisms. Obama also focused on his goal of ending denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Some of the anti-Obama protesters gathered as early as 6 a.m., carrying handmade signs that spoke of rationing, socialism and "death panels," while supporters from pro-Obama organizations such as Organizing for America and Healthcare for America later showed up in buses, USA Today said.
"I'm really upset about what's happening in this country," protester Gordon Cavis, 60, told the newspaper, claiming the health plan amounts to "subverting the Constitution on the same level as Richard Nixon."