Congressional aide arrested for bringing loaded gun to Capitol

Posted at 6:22 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-04 18:22:32-04
WASHINGTON (CNN) — An aide to California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was arrested Tuesday for allegedly bringing a handgun onto congressional property.

U.S. Capitol Police arrested Hunter’s Marines fellow Peter Boby for bringing a loaded .45 caliber handgun onto U.S. Capitol Grounds Tuesday afternoon, Capitol Police confirmed to CNN.

Hunter’s office had no comment.

Police found the gun when Boby was stopped at roughly 2 p.m. for a routine car inspection outside the Rayburn House Office Building where Hunter’s office is located, according to a Capitol police spokeswoman. The gun was found in his car.

Boby was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, unregistered ammunition and an unregistered firearm.

The incident is not the first case this summer of a congressional staffer bringing a gun onto the Hill. In June, an intern for Kansas Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins was arrested for bringing an unloaded weapon into a House office building. And last month, a press secretary for Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pennsylvania, was also caught trying to enter House offices with a gun and magazine.

The Marines confirmed that Boby is an active-duty gunnery sergeant assigned as a congressional fellow. According to Boby’s LinkedIn profile and a Marines website, he is assigned to Hunter’s office.

Capitol Police said Boby was being processed at headquarters as of Tuesday evening.