Staff member charged with carrying gun into House building agrees to plea agreement
A staff member on Capitol Hill who was charged with carrying a gun into a House office building agreed to a plea agreement Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.
Jeffrey Allsbrooks’s case will be dismissed under community service conditions and the requirement that he stays out of criminal trouble for six months.
Allsbrooks, 57, who works for the House Chief Administrative Officer, carried a loaded 9mm Glock pistol through security into Longworth House Office Building on Dec. 9.
U.S. Capitol Police did not realize Allsbrooks was carrying the gun, which he said he had accidentally left in his bag before coming to work, until he had already gone into the building.
The building was put on a “stay-in-place lockdown” after police realized he had the firearm, and “began to canvass the immediate area” searching for Allsbrooks, whom they found after 12 minutes.
The staffer had a concealed carry permit that was issued to him by Henrico County Circuit Court in Virginia, but his firearm was not registered in the District of Columbia.
Allsbrooks was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to the lesser charge of attempted possession of an unregistered firearm, according to the Post.
The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer employs around 700 people who support House offices with their daily operations, including payroll and technical support.