Virginia man arrested at inauguration checkpoint with gun
Members of the National Guard stop a vehicle at a checkpoint in Washington, DC on January 16, 2021.
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A Virginia man who presented an unauthorized housewarming pass to police at a checkpoint along the perimeter that secured downtown Washington, DC prior to inauguration day, was arrested after a gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were found in his vehicle had been.
Front Royal’s Wesley Allen Beeler pulled up in a white Ford 150 truck with Virginia tags and gun-related stickers at a security checkpoint on North Capitol Street and E Street Northwest around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The truck Beeler drove was adorned with firearm decals, including those that read “Assault Life” and “If they come for your guns, give them your bullets first.”
Police say Beeler presented an unauthorized ID. The authorities did not immediately provide further details of what kind of documentation Beeler was alleged to be attempting to provide.
When the ID did not match a list of people authorized to enter the dedication area, US Capitol police officers conducted further searches.
A weapon with a high-performance magazine and ammunition was found in the vehicle, the police said. The gun has not been registered in Washington, DC, police said.
Police say they also found “509 9-MM cartridges of hollow point and bullet ammunition” and 21 12-gauge shotgun cartridges.
Beeler was arrested and taken to the headquarters of the US Capitol Police for processing.
Beeler is accused of carrying a hidden weapon with an unregistered firearm, illegal ammunition possession and a large capacity ammunition feeding device, according to DC police.