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February 8, 2016

Ryan Shucard Pleads Not Guilty to Carrying Pistol to Capitol Hill

Ryan Shucard, the Capitol Hill aide who allegedly tried to bring a 9 mm handgun and magazine to work Friday, was released from police custody on Saturday afternoon after pleading not guilty to a felony charge for carrying a pistol.

Shucard exercised his Fifth Amendment right during his minute-long arraignment, standing silently beside his lawyer in khaki pants and a long-sleeved, collared shirt with shackles around his ankles and wrists. With no objection from the government lawyers working on the case, D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher released Shucard with instructions to return to court on Aug. 7.

When the Colorado native entered the courtroom around 1:30 p.m., a blond woman began dabbing her eyes with a tissue. She was sitting next to a girl and man who later identified themselves as members of Shucard’s family. The trio followed Shucard out of the courtroom. Shucard, his family and his lawyer, Jason Kalafat, declined to comment to CQ Roll Call.

Shucard has been placed on unpaid leave from the office of Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., where he had been serving as press secretary since May 2014. The University of Northern Colorado and George Washington University alumnus got his start on the Hill in October 2011 as a staff assistant for then-Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn.

What might have provoked the incident, which resulted in Capitol Police arrested Shucard around 9:15 a.m. on Friday morning, remains unclear, but the confiscated handgun has been raising new questions about campus security.


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An earlier version of this post misstated the date Schucard was instructed to return to court.

  • Jordan Ward

    Not guilty? He had the gun in possesion so how is it that he can plead not guilty?

    • mikem42

      Remember when the Republicans were the party of law and order? He’ll walk and be back to work soon, thanks to Marino.

      • Janet Innes-Kirkwood

        Of course the DC laws are only supposed to be applied to poor inner city black kids. It is them they have no trouble destroying for life with incarceration and a felony conviction.

        • mikem42

          You’re spot on JI-K; hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.

        • JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

          Inflammatory BS !! Emotions 101 get them under control, like Hillary and then just ACT like you care about inner city blacks. Or…are you already doing that.

          • Janet Innes-Kirkwood

            No, it is the truth which is why you think it is inflammatory. The Republicans have this problem every time they caught at this stuff and they have to get their judge friends to help them out. The statistics and reality show the truth and all the black kids in DC and the old farts on the Hill know it to be true.

          • stevenharnack

            For you to shoehorn Hillary into THIS conversation about a possible work place shooter Republican…she must haunt your dreams, eh?


    Of course arrest him. Can not have Republican politicians or their staffs walking around with guns. Being Republicans already shows they can no be trusted and have crazy ideas.

  • Tom Conoley

    Hmmm … and he may have actually had plans to use it.
    Boehner or Pelosi?

    • Carroll Barber

      Both. :)


    the government seems to have forgotten all about the three million unemployed families that are still without an unemployment extension since late last December. while the congress approved billions of dollars for the Ukraine, and approved the Koch brothers oil pipeline bill, the unemployment extension bill was refused passage by the republican senate. both political parties have failed these unemployed families, and left them in financial ruin and deep poverty

  • Janet Innes-Kirkwood

    Oh, but theRepublicans want to enforce all those federal weed laws but how about the gun ones? I am sure this is a felony and that is a mark against you for life. He can now join the other 67 million of his fellow citizens who have criminal records. Do the poor kids in DC and all these other cities get out when family members dab their eyes? They all find mercy for each other just not poor inner city kids. Hopefully they all notice their hypocrisy and understand why people have so little faith in them all especially the prosecutors and judges.

  • Don Carter

    He did not have that gun they took out of his pocket.

    • Carroll Barber

      He was just “holding” for a friend. So, not guilty. :)

  • mokena

    They want guns to be allowed in my kid’s school but not near their offices?
    nice guys

  • JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    Stupid laws demand uprising. BUT… this guy will & should get minor punishment under DC law, but in actuality should get NO punishment !! Save that for the DC thugs,they’re everywhere !!

    • stevenharnack

      Ah, that famous conservative schizophrenia on display. He should but he should not, all in the same sentence. Usually it’s a bit more subtle, thanks for making it so obvious.

  • JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    Well….just reading where the comments are coming from on this 1 story, clarified my suspicions, total liberal BS site

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