The rest of the story by Tom Reynolds
You may have read that, about a week ago, the US Capitol Police arrested a man after officers found an unregistered gun and 500 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle when he attempted to use an “unauthorized” inaugural credential at a security checkpoint. That sounds like a real threat, doesn’t it? Guns. Ammo. Fake ID. Made headlines - but there was almost no follow up.
Here is what happened. The arrest occurred after Wesley Beeler was stopped at a security checkpoint, roughly half a mile away from the Capitol. Beeler attempted to pass through the checkpoint using an unauthorized inauguration credential. His truck also reportedly had multiple gun-related bumper decals. After police stopped him, they searched his car and found a handgun, (Beeler told them it was there), as well as 509 rounds of handgun ammunition and 21 shotgun shells. The gun was not registered in DC, according to NBC Washington; in the District, possession of an unregistered firearm is illegal and subject to penalty. Reportedly, Beeler is a registered gun owner in Virginia. He is facing multiple firearms related charges in D.C.
Beeler said that he was merely on his way to work and that his arrest was caused by what he called an “honest mistake.” “I pulled up to a checkpoint after getting lost in DC because I’m a country boy. I showed them the inauguration badge that was given to me,” Beeler said, adding, “I don’t know what the DC laws are. It still comes back on me, but I’m not a criminal.”
An anonymous federal law enforcement official said Beeler was a contractor and that his credential was not fake, according to a newspaper report. Beeler was authorized to have a firearm for his security work, but the gun was not registered in Washington, DC. After his release Saturday, Beeler told the Washington Post that he neglected to take his firearm out of his vehicle because he had been running late for work; he also said he works with MVP Protective Services and that the company gave him the inauguration credentials that Capitol Police rejected.
We recently wrote about proposed bill, HR 38, which would require national reciprocity for concealed carry. While it has no chance of passing, if Beeler’s story is true, this is a great example of why it is needed.
Facebook strikes again
The Saturday before the inauguration, Facebook announced,
“We are banning ads that promote weapon accessories and protective equipment in the US at least through January 22, out of an abundance of caution. We already prohibit ads for weapons, ammunition and weapon enhancements like silencers. But we will now also prohibit ads for accessories such as gun safes, vests and gun holsters in the US”.
Reportedly, this came about because of complaints from Senators and Facebook employees. The temporary ban is said to remain in effect until at least January 22nd.
After a year in which more than 21 million NICS checks were conducted and an estimated 8.4 million people purchased a firearm for the first time, apparently “safe storage” is an inaugural security issue.
Did you see all the right-wing, gun carrying, white supremacist, extremist violence in Washington and state capitols at Wednesday’s inauguration? In case you missed it, the following are pictures of that violence.
Quite a difference from four years ago when Democrats tried to burn DC down.
We would like to show the pictures of the Antifa Violence that did occur in Portland and Seattle on Wednesday but, somehow, the media seems to have missed it.
It’s reported that the FBI vetted the National Guard Troops for extremist ties. Just like they vetted troops for another type of extremist after the Fort Hood Shooting? A good chance to rid the military of those who might take their oath seriously. Like refusing unlawful orders to disarm American citizens - if that order ever were to happen?