People Keep Trying to Sneak Guns Into the US Capitol

Jul 23, 2014 11:32am
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A man was arrested this morning attempting to enter the Cannon House Office Building with a loaded firearm concealed inside a bag, U.S. Capitol Police said.

“A firearm was recovered as a result of an administrative search at the rotunda door of the Cannon House Office Building,” police spokesman Shennell Antrobus confirmed, adding that the incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m.

Today’s action follows a similar incident Friday when a congressional staffer attempted to enter the same building and was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Last week’s event occurred at the South East Door of the Cannon House Office Building at about the same time in the morning.

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The defendant arrested today, identified as Ronald William Prestage, allegedly possessed a 9 mm Ruger and also was charged with a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license, Antrobus said.

Several congressional aides confirmed that Prestage had lined up numerous meetings with members in the South Carolina delegation today.

Prestage is a veterinarian who also is president of a Prestage Farms location of South Carolina where he serves as its chief pilot, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prestage Farms has not responded to ABC News requests for comment.

He also sits on the Board of Trustees at North Carolina State University, and serves on the board of directors of the National Pork Producers Council, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Black River Electric Cooperative. He is a former chairman of the South Carolina Poultry Federation board of directors, the National Turkey Federation and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.

Antrobus was unable to say whether the officers involved in today’s arrest were the same ones who last week snagged a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and loaded magazine from Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa.

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