Wesley Allen Beeler was arrested Friday evening after U.S. Capitol police found a loaded handgun and over 500 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle while stopped at a security checkpoint.
Following the violent riots on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, security has been heightened in the D.C. area in preparation for the presidential inauguration this Wednesday. When stopped at a Capitol security checkpoint, Beeler attempted to present officers with “unauthorized inauguration credentials.”
However, the Virgina resident’s intentions grew suspicious after police noticed the numerous firearms-related decals that he had decorating his truck, including one that stated, “If they come for your guns Give ‘Em your bullets first.” After admitting to having a Glock in his vehicle, police searched Beeler’s truck and found that the pistol was loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition and was “ready to fire.”
According to an incident report provided by Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, officers also found 509 rounds of ammunition, a magazine for the handgun, and shotgun shells. Beeler did not have a license for the guns that were in his possession. As a result, he was arrested for possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition.
Beeler’s mother, Charlotte Beeler, told The Washington Post that her son had been working security at the Capitol last week and that what had happened was a mistake. Nonetheless, Beeler was arrested and was ordered to stay out of D.C. except for in-person court appointments and meeting with his lawyer. He is due back in court in June.