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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two incidents involving men with guns occurred at the White House while former President Clinton was in office.

The most serious occurred October 29, 1994, when Francisco Martin Duran used a semi-automatic rifle to fire at least 29 rounds at the White House from the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue. No one was injured and Clinton was never in danger, officials said.

Duran, from Colorado, was convicted of attempted murder of the president.

In May of 1995, following a Secret Service recommendation made after the Oklahoma City bombing, Clinton ordered that vehicular traffic should be blocked from Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

Just four days later, on May 23, a man carrying an unloaded handgun was shot and wounded by a Secret Service agent on the South Lawn of the White House. The man, identified as Leland W. Modjeski, climbed over the security fence and was running toward the White House when he was shot.

Again, the Secret Service said Clinton and his family were never in danger.

In another incident, a man flying a stolen Cessna plane entered the prohibited airspace around the White House in the early morning hours of September 12, 1994. After passing over the ellipse, the man, identified as Frank Eugene Corder, crashed on the lawn just south of the Executive Mansion.

He struck a tree near the South Portico steps and hit a corner on the first floor of the White House. Corder was killed in the crash.

President Clinton and his family were not in the residence at the time.

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