Veteran pleads guilty to taking guns to VA clinic in Florida

August 1, 2020 GMT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran has pleaded guilty to federal charges of bringing a rifle and a handgun to a Florida veterans clinic.

Howell E. Camp, 58, pleaded guilty in Pensacola federal court Thursday to carrying a concealed firearm and possession of firearms on federal property, according to court records. He faces up to six years in prison at his Oct. 29 sentencing.

Camp went to the Pensacola Veterans Affairs Clinic on May 6 to pick up a prescription, prosecutors said. Under social distancing procedures implemented by the VA during the coronavirus pandemic, Camp was asked to wait for the medication in his vehicle.


Camp eventually became frustrated with the wait and went to speak to a VA staff member, according to a criminal complaint. A VA police officer reported seeing Camp become agitated and asked him to return to his vehicle.

Camp left the area but returned several hours later, prosecutors said. He approached the building armed with an AR-15 rifle and a 9 mm handgun, officials said. Two VA police officers stopped Camp and took him into custody before he could enter the clinic, the complaint said.