Child Found a Loaded Firearm in John Boehner’s Bathroom: Report

May 2, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Capitol Police department is under scrutiny after there were three separate reports of officers leaving loaded guns in public places in offices in Washington, D.C.  In one incident, it was reported that a small child found a loaded Glock pistol in the bathroom of Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s suite.

The child was no more than 7- or 8-years old, reported Roll Call, which broke the news. A member of Boehner’s security detail allegedly left the gun in the bathroom on March 24.

In January, a member of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail allegedly left a Glock and a magazine in a toilet seat at the Capitol Visitor Center, the site reported. A worker later found the weapon.

And earlier this month on April 16, another Glock pistol was discovered by a janitor at the Capitol Police headquarters. The weapon was left out in the open.

The incidents in January and April are being investigated, Roll Call confirmed. In the first incident, top police officials recommended an unspecified six-day suspension without pay.

A police spokesperson issued a statement to Roll Call:

“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. As a matter of policy, the Department does not routinely discuss internal personnel matters, in order to maintain the integrity of the Department.”