GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado man who went to Pakistan to try to kill Osama bin Laden is on trial on a charge of owning a handgun as a convicted felon.

The Greeley Tribune reports an attorney for Gary Faulkner argued Tuesday he shot at three alleged intruders on May 6 in self-defense.

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Prosecutors say Faulkner didn’t have to fire because he had already chased the men out of his home.

He faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

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Faulkner was convicted of attempted theft in 1988. Colorado law allows convicted felons to own weapons, but only for self-defense.

Faulkner gained notoriety in 2010 when he traveled to Pakistan to hunt down bin Laden. He was detained by Pakistani authorities and then sent home.

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