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Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

Published July 18. 2014 12:48PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested Friday after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Ryan Shucard, press secretary for Republican Rep. Tom Marino, was arrested Friday morning. Marino is in his second term representing northeastern Pennsylvania.

A spokesman for Capitol Police said Shucard entered the Cannon building Friday morning with a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun and magazine that was discovered by a metal detector. Shucard is charged with a carrying a pistol without a license, a felony.

Bill Tighe, the congressman's chief of staff, said Shucard has been placed on unpaid leave. Shucard started with Marino's office in May.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Shucard is a University of Northern Colorado graduate and previously worked for former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.

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