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Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

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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 loaded, 9mm 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 Building Wednesday morning. Prestage was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

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

He also is the president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, an industry lobbying group.

Telephone messages left Thursday with U.S. Capitol Police and Prestage Farms were not immediately returned.

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