The press secretary for Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) was arrested by Capitol Police on Friday morning for allegedly bringing a 9mm handgun to the Cannon House Office Building, Roll Call reported.
Ryan Shucard was arrested at about 9:15 a.m. at the building’s southeast entry, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider told Roll Call. After a required search, a 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol and magazine were reportedly found.
Marino’s chief of staff Bill Tighe told Roll Call that Shucard had been placed on unpaid leave.
Shucard was processed at Capitol Police headquarters on suspicion of carrying a pistol without a license, a felony in the District of Columbia.
The office of the House Sergeant-at-Arms confirmed the arrest. “Carrying weapons into the District of Columbia is a very serious offense,” an official told Roll Call.
Photo: Rep. Tom Marino