Congressman’s Staffer Denies Guilt in Gun Case

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania congressman’s press secretary has pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge after Capitol police say he carried a gun into a federal office building in Washington.

An attorney for Ryan Shucard says he entered the plea Saturday in D.C. Superior Court. Lawyer Jason Kalafat called the gun incident unintentional.

Shucard is the press secretary for Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino. He was released on his own recognizance.

Capitol Police say Shucard set off a metal detector Friday morning while entering the Cannon House Office building with a handgun and magazine.

Shucard was charged with carrying a pistol outside a home or business, which is a felony.

Shucard has worked since May for Marino, who represents northeastern Pennsylvania. Shucard has been placed on unpaid leave.

More From Washington

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS DC

D.C. Lottery Live
Follow and Like Us

Listen Live