A constituent threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, R-2nd, over a disagreement on marijuana policy, according to law enforcement authorities.
Wallace Godwin, 69, of Virginia Beach was arrested Friday and charged in Norfolk federal court. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
"The tone of our discourse has come to unacceptable and dangerous levels," Taylor said in a statement after the arrest was announced. "I call on everyone, and I mean everyone, to please calm down. We are all Americans. There is so much that unites us."
According to court documents, Godwin met with members of the congressman's staff Thursday afternoon in Virginia Beach and became frustrated during a discussion of marijuana policy.
"Scott is having an event this Saturday. I am going to get my shotgun and do something about this," he said, according to an affidavit from Capitol Police officer Gerren Stith. "I will just handle this myself."