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A Virginia man packing a handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition was arrested when he tried to get through a Washington, D.C. checkpoint with phony inauguration credentials.
Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, of Front Royal, Va., was stopped in his white Ford F-150 at the checkpoint near the U.S. Capitol around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said.
The nation’s capital is practically shut down ahead of Joe Biden’s Wednesday inauguration, as security efforts were ramped up after the Jan. 6. riot.
Beeler presented a non-government issued credential for the inauguration when he reached the checkpoint, Malecki said in an email to The Post.
An officer noticed he had “firearms-related stickers” on his truck, including a sticker that said, “Assault Life,” with a picture of a rifle, and another which said, “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first.”
The officer asked Beeler if he had any weapons inside, according to court papers. Beeler told the officers he had a Glock under the armrest, and police detained him.
Beeler was pulled from the truck, and a search allegedly found a loaded 9mm handgun with a high-capacity magazine containing 16 rounds — along with one in the chamber — and the stash of 509 rounds of ammunition. He also had 21 12-gauge shotgun shells in a bandolier in the cargo area of the truck, authorities said.
Authorities said he didn’t have a license to carry the gun in Washington.
Beeler was charged in D.C. Superior Court with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of unregistered ammunition.
His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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