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    Intern Arrested After Trying to Enter US Capitol With Unregistered Handgun

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    An intern for Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins was detained for an attempt to enter a congressional office building while carrying an unloaded Smith & Wesson 9-mm handgun.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — An intern for Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins was arrested Monday morning for bringing a handgun to the US Capitol building, local media reported.

    “A congressional intern was arrested Monday morning for allegedly trying to bring a handgun into a Capitol Hill office building,” Fox News reported on Monday.

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    According to reports, 25-year-old Joshua Wheeler, who is now placed on temporary leave, allegedly attempted to enter a congressional office building while carrying an unloaded Smith & Wesson 9-mm handgun.

    The handgun was found when Capitol police conducted their routine security search before allowing people to enter the congressional office buildings.

    Wheeler is now being charged with carrying a handgun without a license and holding an unregistered firearm, according to reports.

    A spokesperson for Congresswoman Jenkins said they believe the 25-year-old brought the gun accidentally and has been fully cooperating with police.

     

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