Florida Man Accused of Having Guns on Capitol Grounds

Police say he brought unregistered guns and ammunition onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building

Monday, Apr 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:07 PM EDT
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A Florida man was arrested after police say he brought unregistered guns and ammunition onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building.

U.S. Capitol Police say 59-year-old Ty Carroll Mitchum of Clearwater, Fla., was arrested after officers encountered him outside the building Sunday afternoon and searched his car.

An officer saw the man talking to himself near a vent shaft for a Senate office building, according to authorities. He told police he was in Washington to meet with his lawyer to discuss his role in bringing down Osama Bin Laden.

Police say Mitchum told officers that he had firearms and an IED in his car, which was parked near the Capitol. Police say officers searching the car found a shotgun, a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, a .38-caliber revolver and several rounds of ammunition.

Mitchum, who was taken to Capitol Police headquarters for processing, has been charged with three counts of possession of an unregistered firearm and one count of possession of ammunition without a permit.

Mitchum is being held for a psychiatric evaluation and will be back in court Tuesday.

It wasn't immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

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