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A 31-year-old man was arrested last week after trying to bring loaded handgun magazines into D.C. Superior Court. Michael Ruth, who lives in Temple Hills, Md., slipped his backpack on the X-ray belt before entering the courthouse on March 14. When security officers searched his bag, they found two magazines filled with 9 mm bullets and arrested Ruth. He is charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition. Robert Brandt, deputy marshal with the U.S. Marshals Service, which provides courthouse security, says it’s unusual for someone to be caught bringing guns or bullets into the courthouse. It is unclear why Ruth was in court that day. “It didn’t appear that he was trying to smuggle them in, but that is a possibility, I guess,” Brandt says. Following his arrest last week, Ruth was released on his own recognizance, but he is required to report to court weekly. Security at the D.C. courts came under scrutiny last year when a loaded .25-caliber handgun was found in a toilet inside the courthouse cellblock. Brandt says that investigation is still ongoing.
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