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Pa. Man Accused Of Bringing Gun To NJ Nuke Plant

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LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – It’s a scenario that sends a shudder up the spine of any New Yorker: guns at a nuclear plant.

Authorities in New Jersey said a Pennsylvania man had a pistol and hollow-point bullets when he drove through the front gate of the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant.

Lacey Township police said Charles Vance of Lititz, Pa., was visiting the Oyster Creek nuclear plant on business.

Lt. James Veltri told the Asbury Park Press security personnel found a loaded .32-caliber pistol and hollow-point bullets while inspecting the vehicle.

Veltri said Vance’s gun permit had expired.

Vance was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hollow-point bullets.

No word yet on why Veltri was carrying the pistol.

Security at nuclear plants came under intense scrutiny following the deadly 9/11 attacks on the United States. Experts have recently offered tips on how to survive a nuclear explosion. Meanwhile, a recent government audit identified more changes needed to beef up security at nuclear plants.

What do you think? Are nuclear plants safe and secure? Sound off in our comments section.

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