Report Claims Child Finds Loaded Gun In John Boehner’s Bathroom During Capitol Visit

Boehner gun bathroom

Photo Credit: Roll Call

By Addicting Info

An abandoned and loaded pistol was discovered by a young child in Sen. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) Capitol suite bathroom, turning an innocent visit to the Capitol into a life-threatening situation.

The child, who is believed to be 7 or 8 years old, was visiting the Capitol with his parents on March 24, and suddenly put in danger by a member of Boehner’s security, who had clumsily left the loaded weapon behind. To make matters even more concerning, the gun the little boy found wasn’t a gun with a traditional safety – this particular pistol fires once the trigger is pulled.

This isn’t the first time Capitol police have left a loaded weapon nonchalantly lying around, according to a Capitol Police report obtained by Roll Call on Thursday.

 On January 29, a gun and magazine was left by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail. The gun had been stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder in a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall. Fortunately, the particular bathroom the gun was found in was in the Senate office space, so there was a lower probability that it would have been discovered by a visitor. The officer was suspended for six days without pay.

Most recently, on April 16, a janitor cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters found a gun in “plain sight” – inviting more concern that the police in charge of protecting a highly visited establishment – and one of the world’s most important buildings – are careless and forgetful enough to leave their guns in “problematic places.” Given the track record, this recklessness almost seems habitual. Ironically, the April 16 incident occurred just a day after a man succeeded in landing a gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn – an incident that both Secret Service and Capitol Police were heavily criticized for.

Addressing the issue, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said:

“The Department takes very seriously all breaches of Department rules and has established policies that address such matters. Each disciplinary matter is thoroughly investigated and reviewed, employees are held accountable for their conduct, and they are provided due process in adjudicating these matters. Depending on the nature and seriousness of the violation, an employee’s record, and other required considerations, an appropriate penalty is applied, up to and including termination of employment.”

Currently, the March and April incidents are being investigated, but it’s hard to tell if these were the only three incidents where Capitol Police have left their guns behind. Since Capitol Police aren’t required to disclose these mishaps, it’s almost impossible to know.

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info