A man has been arrested in Washington DC with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition just days before Joe Biden's inauguration.

Iran PressAmerica: The US Capitol Police arrested a man at a security checkpoint in Washington on Friday after he flashed what an officer described as an “unauthorized” inauguration credential and a search of his truck found an unregistered handgun and ammunition, the authorities said.

The man, identified as Wesley Allen Beeler from Virginia, had been driving a pickup truck with several firearm-related bumper stickers, according to police.

The 31-year-old was initially stopped on Friday evening at a checkpoint in the city where he tried to use an "unauthorized inauguration credential".

The arrest comes as law enforcement officials have tried to fortify Washington ahead of Inauguration Day on Wednesday, when they fear that extremists emboldened by the attack on the Capitol by US President Trump’s supporters on January 6 could seek to cause violence.

Also, a militarized “green zone” is being established downtown, National Guard members are flooding the city, and a metal fence has gone up around the Capitol grounds in advance of the swearing-in of President-elect Biden. 219