Man Caught Attempting To Bring Gun Inside U.S. Capitol

US CAPITOL BUILDINGHuffington Post – by Alex Lazar

Capitol Police on Wednesday caught a man bringing a firearm into the U.S. Capitol, according to Roll Call.

The man, who Roll Call reports is not a Capitol Hill employee, tried to enter the Cannon House Office Building when a screener detected the weapon on him, prompting Capitol Police to handcuff him and put him in a police van.  

This comes not long after Ryan Shucard, a press secretary for Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), was caught bringing a handgun and magazine into the same building on Friday. He pleaded not guilty, and is currently on unpaid leave, according to Roll Call.

UPDATE: 1 p.m. — Roll Call has more details:

Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden, S.C., resident Ronald William Prestage shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Cannon House Office Building. Prestage, 59, was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a District of Columbia offense that carries up to five years in prison.

Records indicate he has a concealed carry permit in South Carolina. Prestage is a veterinarian and farm operator, and is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. He may have been on the Hill to lobby on agriculture issues.

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