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British Man Arrested at Trump Rally Indicted on Weapons Charges

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Police remove Michael Sandford as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, June 18, 2016.

Police remove Michael Sandford as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, June 18, 2016.

A British man was indicted on weapons charges Wednesday after what the U.S. Secret Service says was an attempt to kill Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump earlier this month at a rally in Las Vegas.

A grand jury charged Michael Sandford, 20, with two felony counts - being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, and impeding and disrupting the orderly conduct of government business. He could face up to 30 years in prison.

He has not, however, been charged with plotting murder.

Law enforcement officials say Michael Steven Sandford drove from California to Nevada to attend a Trump rally at the Treasure Island Casino where he tried to grab a gun from the holster of a Las Vegas police officer who was providing security.

Sandford told authorities he had never fired a gun before June 17th, a day before the rally, when he went to a Las Vegas gun range to learn how to shoot.

He also said that if he were released from custody he would try again to kill Trump, and that if he had not acted in Las Vegas he had already made plans to try again at a rally in Arizona.

Sandford is also accused of overstaying his visa in the U.S. by nine months. Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement will address the violation if he is released from jail.

Sandford is reported to suffer from Asperger syndrome (a form of autism), as well as obsessive compulsive disorder.

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