Members of the National Guard stop a vehicle at a checkpoint on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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A Virginia man who showed police an unauthorized inauguration certificate at a checkpoint along the perimeter securing downtown Washington, D.C., prior to inauguration day, was arrested after a gun and hundreds of ammunition were found in his vehicle, police said.
Wesley Allen Beeler, of Front Royal, stopped at a security check in North Capitol Street and E Street Northwest around 6:30 PM. Friday in a white Ford 150 truck with Virginia tags and gun-related emblems, according to US Capitol Police data.
The truck Beeler drove was decorated with firearms stickers, including “Assault Life” and “When they come to get your weapons, give them your bullets first.”
Police say that Beeler has presented an unauthorized ID. The authorities did not immediately provide further details as to what kind of documentation Beeler would have tried to provide.
When the credentials did not match a list of people authorized to enter the inauguration perimeter, US Capitol Police officers conducted further searches.
A gun with a high-capacity magazine and ammunition was found in the vehicle, police said. The weapon was not registered in Washington, D.C., police said.
Police say they also found “509 rounds of 9mm hollow point and bullet ammunition” and 21 12-gauge shotgun shells.
Beeler was arrested and taken to Capitol Police Headquarters for processing.
According to D.C. police, Beeler is accused of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of an unregistered firearm, illicit possession of ammunition and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.