Oh, the irony of it all.
The press secretary for a pro-gun congressman from Pennsylvania was arrested Friday morning for allegedly having a gun while attempting to enter the nation’s oldest congressional office building. Oops.
Ryan Shucard, who is the media liaison for Rep. Tom Marino, was stopped after a routine search of his body and belongings on his way into the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. A 9mm Smith & Wesson was found in his possession, according to The Washington Post.
Shucard faces a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license. An official with the House Sergeant-at Arms told CQ Roll Call that “carrying weapons into the District of Columbia is a very serious offense.’’
To add further insult to injury, the House of Representatives just this week voted to block nearly all of the gun restrictions in the nation’s capital.
Shucard was placed on unpaid leave “until we know more about the situation,’’ Rep. Marino’s chief of staff Bill Tighe told CQ Roll Call.
Rep. Marino has been one of the most staunch supporters of US gun rights, even going so far as to decry the exclusion of assault weapons from a gun show last year in his home state, as reported by PennLive.
The exclusion of “modern sporting rifles and certain magazines’’ postponed the gun show, which apparently rankled the Keystone State lawmaker:
“The decision represents yet another attempt to undermine protections guaranteed to all Americans under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and it restricts the ability for law-abiding citizens to purchase legal firearms that are increasingly being used for hunting in a number of states.’’
According to Project Vote Smart, Rep. Marino was given a very high rating by Gun Owners of America and has been endorsed by Firearms Owners Against Crime.