- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2014

A Capitol Hill staffer for Rep. Tom Marino was arrested Friday morning for carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office Building.

Ryan Shucard, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Republican, was detained at about 9:15 a.m. after entering the southeast door of the building with the weapon, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider told CQ Roll Call.

Police found the Smith & Wesson 9 mm and magazine during a routine security search to enter the building. He is charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a felony.

It is unclear if Mr. Shucard brought the weapon into the building intentionally.

Mr. Shucard was immediately placed on unpaid leave, according to Mr. Marino’s chief of staff Bill Tighe.

“That will last until we know more about the situation,” Mr. Tighe told Roll Call.

In 2007, a staffer for former Sen. James Webb was arrested for carrying a loaded weapon that belonged to Mr. Webb into the Russell Senate Office Building.