updated 8/29/2008 5:45:24 PM ET 2008-08-29T21:45:24

A North Carolina man was indicted Friday on a charge that he threatened to shoot Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said 48-year-old Jerry M. Blanchard has been charged with knowingly and willfully threatening to kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm upon a major candidate for president.

Blanchard was arrested Aug. 1 after witnesses told federal authorities they overheard him threatening to assassinate Obama in July. One said Blanchard said he planned to purchase a pistol.

According to a federal affidavit, there was no proof Blanchard tried to carry out the threats.

Blanchard has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. A message seeking comment was left with his lawyer.

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