Staffer pleads not guilty to carrying gun on Capitol Hill

A Republican aide pleaded not guilty to a felony charge for carrying a handgun into the Cannon House Office Building and was released from custody Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Shucard, who is now on unpaid leave from his position with Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) allegedly tried to bring a pistol to work when he was stopped by police and arrested.

While the details of the incident are unclear, Shucard's arrest has raised questions about security on Capitol Hill.

The gun was reportedly discovered as Shucard underwent a routine search. Anyone entering lawmakers' office buildings on Capitol Hill must pass through a metal detector and subject other items to an X-Ray screening.

Shucard did not speak during his minute-long arraignment on Saturday, according to Roll Call. He was ordered to return to court on Aug. 11.