Woman Arrested By Secret Service For Open Carrying Handgun Outside White House
A 23-year-old woman from Michigan was arrested by Secret Service agents after they spotted a holstered handgun on her hip while she was standing outside of the White House Thursday evening.
The woman, identified as April Lenhart, is said to not be cooperating with the investigators. She is currently being held on suspicion of possessing an unregistered firearm.
Whether Lenhart did this as a political statement is yet to be known, but we do know that open carry of a firearm in the nation’s capital is illegal. We also know that it’s next to impossible to obtain a DC concealed carry permit.
It’s the second arrest is just as many days of a person in the vicinity of the White House with a firearm. Yesterday, a man was arrested when a rifle was spotted in his vehicle.
Regarding the Secret Service and White House safety, a proposal was put forward to build a 6-foot-wide moat around the building which would deter people from gaining access, such as the incident that happened not too long ago.