Indiana lawmaker to discuss Howell case, assault weapons

James Wesley Howell, arrested for being suspecting of bringing firearms and explosives to Pride in L.A. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker plans to discuss an Indiana man arrested in California for having an assault rifle and explosives.

Democratic state Rep. Ed DeLaney's news conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Twenty-year-old James Howell of Jeffersonville has been charged in California with weapons and ammunitions charges after police found a loaded assault rifle with magazines and 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode. He also has been charged in Indiana with child molestation.

Howell said he was headed to a gay pride event in Los Angeles. His arrest came hours after the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

DeLaney says the state "must protect its own citizens from military-grade weapons" because of the lack of action on the issue in Washington.


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