Man arrested with loaded gun on Capitol grounds
April 17th, 2013
05:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Man arrested with loaded gun on Capitol grounds

Washington (CNN) – A man protesting new gun control measures being considered by the Senate was arrested Tuesday on the Capitol grounds when police discovered he was carrying a loaded handgun, CNN has learned.

The arrest happened at 2 p.m. on the Senate side of the plaza in front of the Capitol, according to U.S Capitol Police spokesman Officer Shennell Antrobus.

The man, who was carrying a sign promoting Second Amendment rights, engaged in conversation with police officers who tried to advise him of the rules governing protests at the Capitol. During that conversation, the man told the officers he was carrying a gun. The officers told him that it is against the law in the District of Columbia to carry a gun without a license and he was arrested.

One police source, who declined to be identified, described the man as a North Carolinian who is deeply concerned about protecting gun rights. The source said the man was cooperative when was arrested and not believed to be a threat to anyone.

Antrobus couldn't provide a name of the man nor whether he was still in custody. He said U.S. Capitol Police recommended he be charged with carrying a pistol without a license and carrying an unregistered firearm and ammunition.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. wwf

    Hey gun nuts. Want to explain this away? Oh, by they way, I own guns but don't spend my spare time worrying about a government take over, an attack by zombies or anything stupid like that. I will leave that type of mentality to the rest of you.
    I for one have nothing to fear from a background check at a gun show. Guess I am not paranoid enough.
    Bill

    April 17, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. wwf

    Hey gun nuts. Want to explain this away? Oh, by they way, I own guns but don't spend my spare time worrying about a government take over, an attack by zombies or anything stupid like that. I will leave that type of mentality to the rest of you.
    I for one have nothing to fear from a background check at a gun show. Guess I am not paranoid enough. I will leave that up to you fellers.

    April 17, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. California

    Easy to arrest law abiding citizens isn't it? Try going after the criminals.

    April 17, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    "The officers told him that it is against the law in the District of Columbia to carry a gun without a license and he was arrested. "

    April 17, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. CaliforniaWhat?

    He wasn't law-abiding. That is what happens when you're arrested, you broke a law. Hence why we call them criminals...

    April 17, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Easy to arrest law abiding citizens isn't it? Try going after the criminals."

    Wanna tell us what was "law abiding" about showing up on Capitol grounds with a concealed, loaded weapon without a license to carry it and no permits for your protest?

    April 17, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "I will leave that up to you fellers."

    I believe people without balls prefer to be referred to as "eunuchs", not the loose epithet of "feller" :-)

    April 17, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. NC

    Hey wwf,
    NC actually has background checks. Also there is no gunshow loophole. If a FFL dealer goes to a show he will still to perform a background check and do paperwork. This "loophole" is private sales between citizens.

    April 17, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. juan valdez

    So we live in a country where you need a LICENSE to carry something that is guaranteed by the constitution? How long until you need a LICENSE to protest? Oh, wait...

    April 17, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Sandy

    California

    Easy to arrest law abiding citizens isn't it? Try going after the criminals.
    ________

    This guy was carrying a gun without a license so he wasn't a law abiding citizen.

    April 17, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. ProudDem

    Umm...he WASNT obeying the law....moron

    April 17, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. AL_x

    @wwf nothing to explain away really, someone who was exercising his his right to peaceful protest was being wrongfully harassed. He then informed the officers he was exercising another right and was arrested for it.

    April 17, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Maryland

    He wasn't law abiding.

    April 17, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. BongoBeat

    @California...this guy wasn't abiding by the laws and furthermore I know quite a few law abiding citizens that snap for whatever reason and go to he dark side of the law, taking out their entire family or someone elses. Technically if this guy wasn't supposed to be carrying, tell which law was it he was abiding???

    April 17, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Idaho

    California wrote "Easy to arrest law abiding citizens isn't it? Try going after the criminals."

    Except that, as the story says, he was not actually following the law. That would make him, what's the word...a lawbreaker. No, there's some other word for that, too... starts with a "c"...

    April 17, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. rs

    Easy to arrest law abiding citizens isn't it? Try going after the criminals.
    ________________________________
    Ummm, by definition, that is what this guy became carrying a handgun into the Capital.

    April 17, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. John

    That was silly of him not to do his homework and to bring a loaded gun to DC. Tough lesson for him.

    April 17, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Bitter Scribe

    What made this idiot think that carrying a loaded gun to Congress would be a good idea?

    April 17, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Munson

    Seems the whole country has been taking stupid pills. There must be plenty of the pills available, and the prescription has several refills.

    April 17, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. scott

    California

    Easy to arrest law abiding citizens isn't it? Try going after the criminals.
    ______________________________________
    The man was not a law biding citizen he was breaking the law. It is against the law in the District of Columbia to carry a gun without a license. Also he had a unregistered handgun. Just another one of your gun nuts, that support violence and killing children.

    April 17, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Insert sarcastic remark here

    @California
    Easy to arrest law abiding citizens isn't it? Try going after the criminals.
    -----------------------------

    Did you not read the article? Here's a snippet.

    During that conversation, the man told the officers he was carrying a gun. The officers told him that it is against the law in the District of Columbia to carry a gun without a license and he was arrested.

    April 17, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. NameTomo

    He was irresponsible in breaking the laws of Washington, DC.

    April 17, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. Kerbean

    "Law abiding citizen?"
    ..,,,carrying a loaded gun on capital grounds?

    April 17, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Tbone

    He's not a law abiding citizen, as the article stated.

    April 17, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. Oregon

    Technically, it's illegal to carry a gun without a license in DC. So he was a criminal.

    April 18, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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