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Republican congressman's press secretary charged with carrying gun into federal office building

A Pennsylvania congressman’s press secretary pleaded not guilty yesterday to a weapons charge after Capitol police say Ryan Schucard carried a 9 mm handgun and magazine into a federal office building in Washington.

Capitol Police say Shucard set off a metal detector Friday morning while entering the Cannon House Office. He was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, which is a felony, according to Roll Call.

Shucard’s lawyer said the gun incident was unintentional. He’s been placed on unpaid leave.

Schucard has worked since May for Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, who represents northeastern Pennsylvania. 

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