U.S. Capitol Police arrested a Virginia man at a safety checkpoint Friday evening with an unregistered Glock handgun and greater than 500 rounds of ammunition.
Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, was arrested round 6:30 p.m. on the intersection of E Road NE and twelfth Road NE, which is a few mile from the U.S. Capitol.
He had an unregistered Glock 17 handgun, 509 rounds of 9MM ammunition, a 17-round Glock journal, and 21 shotgun shells, in keeping with a D.C. Metropolitan Police report.
Beeler additionally offered a “non-government issued credential” to the officers on the checkpoint, in keeping with a USCP spokesperson.
He was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of a large-capacity journal.
Beeler told The Washington Post that he was working late to his job as a safety guard in Washington, D.C., and forgot that his firearm was in his truck. The Submit report stated he denied that he had 500 rounds of ammunition.
“It was an trustworthy mistake,” Beeler informed The Submit. “I pulled as much as a checkpoint after getting misplaced in D.C. as a result of I’m a rustic boy. … I confirmed them the inauguration badge that was given to me.”
Capitol Police are on excessive alert following the U.S. Capitol riot final week that left 5 folks lifeless.
As much as 25,000 National Guard troops shall be deployed in Washington, to supply enhanced safety for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday.
FBI Director Christopher Wray warned of “potential armed protests” in Washington, and at state capitals across the nation, telling Vice President Mike Pence in a briefing that the FBI is “seeing an intensive quantity of regarding on-line chatter” forward of Biden’s swearing-in.
“We’re monitoring all incoming leads, whether or not they’re requires armed protest, potential threats that develop out of the January 6 breach of the Capitol, or different kinds of potential threats main as much as inaugural occasions and in varied different targets,” Wray said during Thursday’s briefing. “Anyone who plots or makes an attempt violence within the coming weeks ought to depend on a go to.”
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