Man pleads guilty to carrying gun near Capitol

The man police arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon several blocks from the Capitol last fall has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Christopher Timmons, 27, last month pleaded guilty to charges of carrying an unregistered firearm and attempting to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

In September, Timmons approached a U.S. Capitol Police officer near the Capitol and asked for directions. After noticing a rifle case in Timmons’s vehicle, police found an AK-47 type rifle, ammunition and an improvised explosive device, which is considered a weapon of mass destruction.

Timmons is being held without bail and will be sentenced on March 13 by D.C. Superior Court Judge Gregory Jackson.

The weapon of mass destruction charge carries a maximum of 30 years in prison, and the possession of an unregistered firearm carries no more than one year and a possible $1,000 fine.

Timmons was not the first man to carry a dangerous weapon and the makings of an improvised explosive device onto Capitol Hill last year.

In January, Michael Gorbey was arrested with a loaded shotgun, a sword and a bag full of ammunition as he headed toward the Supreme Court.

Police later found the makings of a homemade bomb in the truck he used to drive to Capitol Hill from Virginia. After a lengthy trial, Gorbey was convicted on the charges, including possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and sentenced to 22 years in prison.