Police say a Virginia man who showed them fake press credentials at a checkpoint along the perimeter securing downtown Washington, D.C., was in possession of a gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Wesley Allen Beeler, of Front Royal, was arrested after he pulled up to a security checkpoint ahead of Inauguration Day next week. The truck Beeler was driving was decorated with firearm decals, including ones that said “Assault Life” and “If they come for your guns, Give ‘Em your bullets first.”
Police say Beeler presented a credential that was unauthorized, according to NBC Washington. Authorities didn’t immediately provide further detail on what sort of documentation Beeler allegedly tried to give them but it clearly wasn’t what was needed to get past that barrier.
When the credential didn’t match up with a list of people authorized to enter the inauguration perimeter, U.S. Capitol Police officers conducted further searches of his vehicle. A gun with a high-capacity magazine inserted and ammunition were found in the truck, police said.
The gun was not registered in Washington, D.C., police added.
Police say they also found “509 9MM rounds of hollow point & ball ammunition” and 21 12-gauge shotgun shells. Beeler was arrested on the spot and taken to U.S. Capitol Police Headquarters for processing.
He is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possessing an unregistered firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, according to police.
It’s no secret that the city has been on edge ever since the insurrection at the capitol that happened nearly two weeks ago. Even Airbnb is stepping in to ban any hate groups and rioters ahead of the inauguration.
The deadly riot claimed the lives of six people, including two officers. Security has been gearing up for Wednesday when President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will officially move into the White House.
Our prayers for safety are with those attending the historic event. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.
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