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.

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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.