A Marine Corps congressional fellow was arrested after Capitol Police officers reportedly found a loaded handgun in his vehicle during a routine administrative search Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
According to the Marine Corps's website, the fellow, Peter Boby, is assigned to work in Rep. Duncan Hunter's office; Legistorm and Boby's LinkedIn account also state he works in the California Republican's office. A Marine Corps spokesman, Major Paul Greenberg, confirmed that Boby is an active-duty marine and a gunnery sergeant, but noted that he didn't have confirmation of the office Boby worked in as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Duncan's office was not immediately available for comment.
Boby was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, unregistered ammunition, and an unregistered firearm, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider wrote in an email.
At about 2 p.m., Capitol Police officers performed a routine search required for entry into the Capitol's secure area at Washington Avenue and C Street SW. Police reportedly found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in the car, according to Schneider.
In June, 25-year-old Joshua Wheeler — an intern for Rep. Lynn Jenkins — was caught with an unloaded handgun during a routine administrative search at the entrance to the Longworth House Office Building. Tom Brandt, a spokesman for the Kansas Republican, said at the time that it was believed to be an accident.
And last summer, Ryan Shucard — a new press secretary for Rep. Tom Marino — was arrested for bringing an unloaded handgun into a House office building.