Congressional staffer pleads innocent in gun case

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  • Ryan Shucard (Facebook photo)

HAMLIN — A staffer for a Pennsylvania congressman has pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge after allegedly carrying a gun into a federal office building in Washington.

An attorney for Ryan Shucard says he pleaded not guilty on July 19 in D.C. Superior Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Shucard, the press secretary for Republican Rep. Tom Marino, was arrested the morning of July 18. Capitol Police say Shucard set off a metal detector while entering the Cannon House Office building with a handgun and magazine.

Shucard was charged with carrying a pistol outside a home or business, which is a felony. His attorney, Jason Kalafat, on Sunday called the incident unintentional.

Shucard has worked since May for Marino, who represents northeastern Pennsylvania. Shucard has been placed on unpaid leave.

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