“said he’d been working as a security guard in D.C. when he got lost and stopped to ask for directions”
Amid the massive security in Washington, DC, ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, CNN reported that a man was arrested trying to cross a checkpoint with a gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Sounds scary doesn’t it? It’s a pity that CNN couldn’t wait for the whole story.
This is how CNN’s Jim Sciutto described it on Twitter:
Carol Leonning of the Washington Post followed up with this clarification:
Folks: That man who drove into DC with a Glock and 500 rounds of ammo — his wife tells me he was a private security guard and hired to help secure the Capitol grounds. He's charged with carrying all that firepower into DC without a proper permit. https://t.co/Wo6hNLhJzR
— Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig) January 16, 2021
Byron York of the Washington Examiner provides the side by side:
On the left, the original, scary story. On the right, the story. pic.twitter.com/VLiHJA6vQR
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 16, 2021
Here’s more from NBC News in Washington:
Man Arrested on Multiple Gun-Related Charges at Inauguration Checkpoint Says He Made Honest Mistake
A Virginia man who showed police a “non-government issued” inauguration credential at a checkpoint along the perimeter securing downtown Washington, D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day was arrested after a gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in his vehicle, police said.
Meanwhile, Wesley Allen Beeler, of Front Royal, says he made an honest mistake.
Beeler pulled up to a security checkpoint at North Capitol and E streets Northwest about 6:30 p.m. Friday in a white Ford 150 truck with Virginia tags and gun-related decals, according to U.S. Capitol Police records.
Beeler said he’d been working as a security guard in D.C. when he got lost and stopped to ask for directions. He said he provided police with an inauguration placard he was given for the security job and had used several times before.
Authorities didn’t detail what Beeler provided, but when the credential didn’t match up with a list of people authorized to enter the perimeter, police investigated further…
A gun with a high-capacity magazine inserted and ammunition were found in the vehicle, police said. The gun was not registered in Washington, D.C., police said.
“I forgot that I had my weapon in my vehicle. You know, I’m a Virginia resident who has licensing and training in the state of Virginia for this firearm,” Beeler said.
Here’s a short video report from WUSA9:
Sounds like an honest mistake.
It’s a pity they didn’t have security like this for Trump’s 2016 inauguration when leftists assaulted people and lit cars on fire.
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