Marino Staffer Arrested for Bringing Handgun Into House Office Building

The staffer was working as press secretary for Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa (at left).
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July 18, 2014, 8:26 a.m.

A man who de­scribes him­self as a new press sec­ret­ary for Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., and as ex­cited to “get work­ing on el­ev­at­ing his le­gis­lat­ive pro­file,” was ar­res­ted Fri­day morn­ing be­cause Cap­it­ol Po­lice say he brought an un­loaded hand­gun in­to a House of­fice build­ing.

The staffer, Ry­an Shucard, 26, was charged with car­ry­ing a pis­tol without a li­cense — a felony, ac­cord­ing to Cap­it­ol Po­lice.

Po­lice said there were rounds still in a magazine Shucard also had in his pos­ses­sion as he was en­ter­ing the Can­non Of­fice Build­ing — but no am­muni­tion was in the gun.

Marino’s of­fice im­me­di­ately placed Shucard on un­paid leave, ac­cord­ing to Roll Call.

Shucard was ar­res­ted after en­ter­ing the south­east door of the build­ing at about 9:15 a.m. Dur­ing a search re­quired for entry in­to the build­ing, of­ficers said they dis­covered he was in pos­ses­sion of the un­loaded Smith & Wesson hand­gun and magazine. He placed in cus­tody and his ar­rest was be­ing pro­cessed at Cap­it­ol Po­lice headquar­ters.

Shucard’s Linked­In page has him join­ing Marino’s of­fice in May, as a press sec­ret­ary after work­ing as a lec­turer and ad­viser at the Wash­ing­ton Me­dia In­sti­tute.

“Ex­cited to join the Con­gress­man’s team and ready to get work­ing on el­ev­at­ing his le­gis­lat­ive pro­file as he con­tin­ues his hard work on be­half of the people of Pennsylvania’s 10th con­gres­sion­al dis­trict. Truly a dream job!” he wrote.

Earli­er jobs he lis­ted in­clude work draft­ing press re­leases and of­fi­cial state­ments, and oth­er spe­cial pro­jects, for the of­fice of former Sen. Joe Lieber­man of Con­necti­c­ut from May 2012 to Janu­ary 2013.

He lists him­self as hav­ing earned his bach­el­or’s de­gree in polit­ic­al sci­ence and gov­ern­ment re­la­tions from the Uni­versity of North­ern Col­or­ado in 2011.

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