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Virginia Man Arrested at DC Checkpoint With Unregistered Firearm, Says It Was ‘Honest Mistake’

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Virginia Man Arrested at DC Checkpoint With Unregistered Firearm, Says It Was ‘Honest Mistake’

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The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) on Saturday announced that it had arrested a man at an inaugural security checkpoint the day before, who had presented a non-government issued credential. Authorities said the man, Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, of Virginia, was arrested at around 6:30 p.m. Friday, when he was carrying a handgun in plain sight in his vehicle. A search of his car revealed numerous rounds of ammunition. Media outlets, citing a police report, said more than 500 rounds of ammunition were found in his vehicle. Beeler was subsequently transported to USCP Headquarters and charged with Carrying a Pistol without a License; Possession of Unregistered Firearm, and Possession of Unregistered Ammunition. The 31-year-old was released from police custody on Saturday. He told The Washington Post that he was lost and didn’t mean to bring the gun and ammunition to Washington. He said he was working as hired security to guard media equipment in downtown …

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