Summary List PlacementUS Capitol Police arrested a Virginia man at a checkpoint on Friday, alleging he had an unregistered gun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition amid heightened security for President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration.
The man, 31-year-old Wesley Allen Beeler, tearfully told The Washington Post on Saturday that the whole thing was “an honest mistake.” Beeler said he was a security guard who had gotten lost in DC, and hadn’t realized his firearm was still in his truck.
He also told The Post he has a license to carry the gun, and that he did not have 509 rounds of ammunition, as the incident report alleged.
“I pulled up to a checkpoint after getting lost in DC because I’m a country boy,” he told the newspaper. “I showed them the inauguration badge that was given to me.”
The Post reported that a judge released Beeler on personal recognizance and ordered him to stay away from DC.
US Capitol Police told Insider in a statement that Beeler arrived at a security checkpoint with a “non-government issued credential,” a handgun in plain sight, and “numerous rounds of ammunition.”
Beeler was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of unregistered ammunition.
A police incident report alleged that Beeler had two guns, 509 rounds of ammunition, nearly two dozen 12-gauge shotgun shells, and a high-capacity magazine.
Beeler told The Post he had been en route to an overnight gig guarding media equipment, and the credential he was given had previously granted him access to the area.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that Beeler was not charged with presenting a fraudulent credential; US Capitol Police now say the credential he presented was simply unauthorized.
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