COPY-Gun charges expected in Obama plot

Associated Press - August 26, 2008 1:23 PM ET

DENVER (AP) - It now appears that three men who authorities initially feared were plotting to assassinate Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention will face only gun charges.

A federal law enforcement official says the three men as well as a woman arrested on Sunday are not expected to be charged with making threatening statements, conspiracy or other national security-related crimes.

The official says it's possible -- but unlikely -- that additional charges could come later.

1 of the men was arrested near Denver with two rifles, ammunition, walkie-talkies and suspected drugs. Federal officials say the other two men and the woman were apprehended a few hours later.

The likelihood of an assassination plot against Obama is being downplayed by law enforcement officials in Colorado and Washington.

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