Staffer for Pennsylvania congressman arrested on gun charge

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WASHINGTON — A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested today after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Ryan Shucard, press secretary for Republican Rep. Tom Marino, was arrested this morning. Mr. Marino is in his second term representing northeastern Pennsylvania.

A spokesman for Capitol Police said Mr. Shucard entered the Cannon building this morning with a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun and magazine that was discovered by a metal detector. Mr. Shucard is charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a felony.

Bill Tighe, the congressman’s chief of staff, said Mr. Shucard has been placed on unpaid leave. Mr. Shucard started with Mr. Marino’s office in May.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Shucard is a University of Northern Colorado graduate and previously worked for former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.

First Published July 18, 2014 12:00 AM

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