Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 8:35 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag.

U.S. Capitol Police say 59-year-old Ronald William Prestage (PRESS'-tij) of Camden, South Carolina, was arrested as he tried to enter the Cannon House Office Building Wednesday morning with a loaded 9 mm Ruger. Prestage was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

Prestage is an executive of Prestage Farms, based in Clinton, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees.

He also is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, a lobbying group. A spokesman for the group, David Warner, said in an e-mail Thursday that Prestage was not on official business for the group when he went to the Cannon building on Capitol Hill. The building houses offices for members of the House of Representatives.

Telephone messages left Thursday with Prestage Farms and at numbers for Prestage's family and were not immediately returned.

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