Press secretary for congressman was carrying a pistol when he entered Cannon Building

Last updated: July 18. 2014 11:32PM - 3708 Views
By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@civitasmedia.com

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The press secretary for U.S. Rep. Tom Marino was arrested Friday for bringing a gun and a magazine into the Cannon Building where Marino’s office is located.

According to a story in the Washington, D.C.-based publication “Roll Call,” and confirmed by Marino’s Chief-of-Staff Bill Tighe, Capitol Police arrested Ryan Shucard on charges of carrying a 9 mm handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building.

Tighe said Capitol Police have assured the congressman’s office that the incident was “nothing more than an accident.”

“We were told it was a mistake on (Shucard’s) part,” Tighe said. “There was never any threat or danger to the congressman or anyone else.”

Tighe said Marino, R-Lycoming Township, was in Williamsport Friday.

Tighe said he did speak with Marino, who represents the 10th Congressional District, and it was decided to immediately place Shucard on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the police investigation. He said Marino, a former U.S. Attorney, advised Tighe to fully cooperate with the police.

“We were in contact with Shucard when he was first detained,” Tighe said. “I spoke with him and with members of the Capitol Police. He conveyed to me that it was a mistake and a lapse in responsibility on his part.”

Asked if Shucard was licensed to carry a weapon, Tighe said he was not aware of Virginia’s laws. Shucard resides in Virginia.

“All of that will be determined by law enforcement,” Tighe said.

Tighe said the gun did belong to Shucard.

According to the Roll Call story, Shucard was arrested around 9:15 a.m., according to Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider.

From the Roll Call story:

“Shucard entered the southeast door of Cannon with the weapon. The Smith & Wesson 9 mm and magazine were found during the search required for entry into the building, according to Schneider. People entering Cannon, including those with staff identification badges, like Shucard, are required to step through metal detectors and place bags on the belt of an X-Ray machine.”

Roll Call said Shucard is charged with a carrying a pistol without a license, a felony. He was being processed at Capitol Police headquarters.

In the story, the office of House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving confirmed the arrest, and a brief closure at Cannon’s entrance.

“Carrying weapons into the District of Columbia is a very serious offense,” an SAA official told Roll Call, adding that there is no discretion for Capitol Hill employees and individuals should be aware of what is in their belongings.

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