U.S. Capitol police arrested Ronald William Prestage on Wednesday for having a gun in his bag when he entered the Cannon House Building in Washington, D.C., according to WLTX19, a Washington, D.C. news station. The article noted, “Officers say they recovered the 9 mm handgun from him as he tried to enter the building Wednesday morning, which is one of the structures containing the offices of members of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Prestage reportedly entered the “rotunda entrance around 9:20 a.m…. when police detected a 9mm Ruger handgun in his bag during the administrative security search that every member of the public and staff undergoes when entering Capitol Hill office buildings,” stated a NBC News report.
Dr. Prestage is part of family-owned Prestage Farms, which includes hogs, turkeys, cattle and cropland for hay. He has served on the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) board of directors for the past three years and presently serves as NPPC president-elect. An article at NPPC.org, notes that he primarily is responsible for the sows and turkeys on the farms in South Carolina and the swine operation in Mississippi.
Police haven't said if Dr. Prestage gave an explanation for why he had the weapon, and as of Wednesday afternoon, he was not available for comment.
A spokesman for NPPC said, “We have no comment.”