Pork Lobbyist Arrested For Allegedly Trying to Bring Gun Into U.S. Capitol

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July 23, 2014 1:39 p.m.

For the second time in less than a week, police arrested a man on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to bring a pistol into a building at the U.S. Capitol, according to Roll Call.

Police found the gun at about 9:20 a.m. when the man went through a security screening at the northeast door of the Cannon House Office Building, according to Roll Call. The man was arrested and led away to a police van at about 9:35 a.m.

Roll Call’s Hannah Hess tweeted a photo of the man being led away from the building in custody:

Roll Call reported the man is Ronald William Prestage, 59, a farm operator and president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council.

The handgun was a 9mm Ruger, according to the NBC affiliate in Washington, WRC.

Capitol Police spokesperson Shennell Antrobus told WRC Prestage would be charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

This incident came only five days after Rep. Tom Marino’s (R-PA) press secretary, Ryan Shucard, was arrested for also allegedly trying to bring a 9mm handgun into the Cannon House Office Building.

“It was a total accident,” Shucard told WRC on Friday.

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