Despite strict safety measures implemented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a congressional aide was arrested this week on weapons charges.
According to Fox News, House Chief Administrative Office aide Jeffrey Allsbrooks was taken into custody after police reportedly found a gun in his bag.
Tense security alert
The incident reportedly occurred just before 8 a.m. on Thursday as Allsbrooks entered the Longworth office building on Capitol Hill.
Security personnel reportedly noticed in an X-ray an object shaped like a gun, though they only came to that conclusion after the aide had exited the screening process.
As a result of the delay, U.S. Capitol Police had to send out a security alert to the building, advising individuals inside to barricade themselves inside the nearest office, avoid windows, and keep quiet until the threat was over.
About four minutes after Allsbrooks passed through the security checkpoint, police caught up with him and placed him under arrest.
He faces charges of possessing a gun without a license and could face one year behind bars and a $2,500 fine if convicted.
“Before, during, and after”
Allsbrooks reportedly told police that he forgot the handgun was in his bag. Capitol police continue to investigate, signaling their interest in “what happened before, during, and after those four minutes.”
The arrest came just before President Joe Biden and other prominent figures paid tribute to one-time GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole, who died earlier this month.
During a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda, the president memorialized his former Senate colleague, saying: “May we follow his wisdom and his timeless truth and reach consensus on the basic fundamental principles we all agree on.”
It is frightening to think that someone could gain entry to a Capitol building with a gun — even for just four minutes. In the wake of the Jan. 6 riot, Pelosi began to crack down on security within the complex.
She sparked controversy just days after a mob breached the Capitol building, describing some of her GOP colleagues as “the enemy within,” according to CBS News. She went on to clarify: “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”