Marine Raider hero arrested at US Capitol, pistol in the trunk of his car

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MarineRaider2By any measurable standard, GySgt Peter Boby personifies the old Marine Corps recruiting slogan “We Still Build ‘Em Like We Use To”.

Seen as a rising star in the Corps, not only is Boby selected for promotion to Master Sergeant, he’s also one of the instrumental players in the re-vamping of the seemingly super-human physical fitness training one must meet to even attend training for the Marine Raiders (formerly, the USMC Special Operations Command). Yet the Leatherneck who’s been decorated for personal valor on the battlefield has just been arrested in Washington, DC for having his personally owned pistol in the trunk of his car.

Despite its military sounding name, reporter James K. Sanborn of the civilian-owned Marine Corps Times reported on Aug. 5, 2015, that after returning to his Capitol Hill office after spending part of the day at a Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation shooting event in Glenn Dale, Maryland, Capitol Hill Police were conducting a random check on Boby’s vehicle. It was then they found ammunition in the trunk of the vehicle, which is illegal in the nation’s capital.

Upon further search they discovered the Gunny’s .45 caliber pistol. According to Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a United States Capitol Police spokeswoman, Gunny Boby “is charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Unregistered Ammunition, and Unregistered Firearm.”

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Currently serving a a two-year hitch in Washington, DC as selected by the prestigious 2015 Congressional and Wounded Warrior Fellowship Selection Board, Boby is currently assigned to the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., himself a combat Marine who is currently a Major in the Marine Reserves. The San Diego Congressman defended Boby, saying the incident was likely an accident. “We are still getting the facts, but … there’s no reason to suggest it was intentional,” Hunter said.

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