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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