Two people, who were carrying firearms, were arrested by Secret Service officers outside the White House after they said they wanted to meet with President Joe Biden on Saturday.
The two individuals, a man and a woman, came near Secret Service officers outside of a White House vehicle checkpoint at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest at around 5:30 pm.
The man, who has been unidentified, had a BB gun and the woman, identified as 66-year-old Sylvia Hall, had a pistol in her possession, according to officials.
The pair told officers they wanted to deliver a handwritten letter for President Biden, which prompted a search of their vehicle and DC police’s discovery of a loaded handgun.
The president was reportedly not inside the White House at the time of the incident.
Hall was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, after she was arrested, while the man was arrested for possession of a BB gun.
The Secret Service is currently investigating the case.
On Sunday, Biden attended an event marking the third anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured 17 others with a semi-automatic rifle in 2018.
During the event, Biden called on Congress to enact common-sense gun law reforms “including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”
“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now,” the president said.