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Congressional Summer Intern Makes Classic Intern Mistake of Bringing Gun to Congress

Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, whose intern was arrested Monday.

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Summer internships can often lead to full-time job offers for those who use their internships to prove that they are responsible, hard-working, enthusiastic, and unlikely to be arrested for bringing a gun to Congress. Which is to say, the House of Representatives arrested Monday for bringing a gun to Congress probably will not get a full-time job offer. From Reuters:

Joshua Wheeler, 25, of Atchison, Kansas, a summer intern for Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins, was arrested at the Longworth House Office Building around 9 a.m., U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said.

Police found the unloaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun during a security search as Wheeler entered the building, Schneider said.

He was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and having an unregistered firearm, which are felonies in the District of Columbia.

Though embarrassing, Monday’s incident is not nearly the most embarrassing incident this year involving a Congressional employee and a gun. That distinction goes to the time that a “7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents” found a loaded gun that a Capitol Police officer had left in John Boehner’s bathroom.