March 11th, 2009
10:28 AM ET
13 years ago

Guns, sword found during traffic stop near U.S. Capitol

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Police found five guns and a sword in a car during a traffic stop near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Police found five guns and a sword in a car during a traffic stop near the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

Capitol Hill officers became suspicious as they questioned a man driving a white Pontiac, a spokeswoman said. The officers, based on their conversation, grew concerned about the possibility that he had hazardous materials in his car, she said.

The driver, who was alone at the time, was taken into custody and a hazardous materials team was dispatched to the scene. While no such materials were found, the team discovered the firearms and the sword, Sgt. Kimberly Schneider noted.

Charges were pending Tuesday evening, she added.

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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Sharon Kitchen

    Good Job.

    March 11, 2009 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. Party Crasher

    I bet some republican will use this as a wedge issue about his right to have five guns and a sword is covered by the 2nd ammendment.

    March 11, 2009 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. AD

    LoL @ Samuel...good points.

    March 11, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. WIll 18E

    So what. This is America isn't it.

    March 11, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  5. Jo

    Pretty sure he listens to Rush and Sean Hennedy show.
    Those guys advocate ill to our president on their shows.

    What a twisted country.

    March 11, 2009 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  6. No Gunsmoke

    Add 11 dead in an Alabama shootout, increasing homicides nationwide and the "gun lobby" still bastardizes the second ammendments. Registration, regulation and, yes taxation are needed and needed now to curb this violence and beef up the ATF for enforcement.

    Gun shows need to be either outlawed or be able to do background checks before any weapon changes hands. Ask law enforcement in the Southwest about the scores of murders just over the Mexican border now spilling over into U.S. territory. The vast majority of the weapons used were purchased in the U.S. and smuggled over the border. Enough!

    March 11, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  7. jon smith

    lock him up

    March 11, 2009 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. John

    Wow! That could have been the start of the long awaited American Revolution. Especially with a sword. How historic!!

    March 11, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  9. A. Darton

    Nothing to joke about, we have alot of nutcases out there. Why was this guy driving near the U,S. Capitol with guns? I find nothing funny about this at all. Look at what just happen in Alabama, and that church were the pastor was killed.

    March 11, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. Mariann Pepitone

    By buying foreign cars people are making them rich and forgetting about their own country. The reason for the stop is because that car is out of date and you don't see them on the street anymore. Charging him before they know what he was doing with those weapons in his car is off base. Find out the facts first. There have been numerous threats on Obama's life and maybe they thought this was another one. Ovama is out in the open too much and I don't believe his protection is that great. He needs more coverage.

    March 11, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  11. Bubba

    . . . but was he a ninja? That's what America wants to know.

    March 11, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  12. Feagin

    Excellent work on behalf of the Capital police. However, we should weigh the situation carefully and learn the facts as best as we can before any conclussions are drawn in the media.

    March 11, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  13. John

    Ew, a Pontiac?

    March 11, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. DFinFL

    Welcome to America. We can only guess how many people on our roads are armed to the teeth and ready for mortal combat with anyone who cuts them off. However, the sword is an interesting variation.


    March 11, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. stoplyingcnn

    Stop Lying, No one in the right mind will do that except for the US government......

    March 11, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. Colin

    @Samuel – I was thinking something similar, lol! Forget the guns and sword! Take that man to jail for owning a white Pontiac!

    March 11, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  17. JDC

    There's hope for this country yet!

    March 11, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. Fred

    That guy couldn't have been right in the head. What in the world was he expecting to do with a sword?

    March 11, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  19. taxedtodeathcitizen

    sooner or's just a matter of time before someone loses it and picks off a few congressmen or tries for "Pork" Obama.

    March 11, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  20. bill

    But you can't have guns in Washington, its unleeegal! Everyone knows that DC has the bestest gun control laws in all the land, so this man couldn't possibly have had guns. It must be a government coverup/conspiracy.

    March 11, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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