An intern for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was arrested by U.S. Capitol police this week after officers found shotgun shells in his car, CNN reports.
Capitol police said officers responded to a dispute Monday between the intern, Scott Frantz, and another person. The officers “observed the unregistered ammunition in the back of the vehicle,” according to the cable news outlet.
According to the Washington law offices of Price Benowitz: “Just like with a firearm, the District of Columbia requires that an individual registers their ammunition. When a person is driving in DC with ammunition that has not been registered, they can be charged with the unlawful possession of ammunition, which has the same penalties as the misdemeanor unlawful possession of a firearm.”
Frantz was charged with possession of unregistered ammunition. Cruz’s office placed Frantz on leave, a Cruz aide told CNN.
A spokeswoman for Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.