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Police arrest 80-year-old man for bringing guns onto Capitol Grounds

U.S. Capitol Police are seen outside the Supreme Court on Monday, June 27, 2022 as protesters for and against abortion rights clash in front of the court in the aftermath of its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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U.S. Capitol Police are seen outside the Supreme Court.

U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday said they arrested an 80-year old man for having three guns inside his illegally parked car on Capitol grounds. 

Officers shortly before 4 p.m. responded to the suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of East Capitol Street in Northeast Washington, D.C., which is located between the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, near the Capitol.

The agency said they arrested Tony Payne, a Tunnel Hill, Ga., resident who drove the small white van, and briefly detained two others who were in the car after finding two handguns and a shotgun inside.

Payne was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition as well as carrying a pistol without a license. 

“The individuals told our investigators they were here to deliver documents to the U.S. Supreme Court,” the agency said in a statement. “A pipe and containers were also found in the van, so the USCP Hazardous Incident Response Division did a thorough search and cleared the van.”

Capitol Police said Payne had admitted officers that he possessed guns in the vehicle, and one of the agency’s K-9 dogs also detected them.

Capitol Police had blocked off roads around the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress as they investigated.

Updated: 8:23 p.m.

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