WASHINGTON — U.S. Capitol Police say a South Carolina man has been arrested after officers found a gun in his bag when he tried to enter the Cannon Building.
Officer Shennell Antrobus, a Capitol Police spokesman, said in an email that 59-year-old Ronald William Prestage of Camden tried to enter the building, which houses congressional offices, about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Antrobus tells The Washington Post that during a routine search of Prestage’s bag at the Rotunda entrance, an officer found a loaded 9mm handgun.
Prestage was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.
Prestage is president of Prestage Farms, a North Carolina-based pork and poultry producer, and a member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees.
A message left at a number listed for Prestage was not immediately returned.