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Another person arrested taking gun into Capitol Hill building

Ronald William Prestige was arrested Wednesday morning when Capitol Police spotted a gun in his bag as he tried to enter the Cannon House Office Building.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   July 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- For the second week in a row, Capitol Police have arrested someone attempting to enter a House of Representatives office building carrying a gun.

Ronald William Prestige, 59, of Camden, S.C., was arrested around 9:20 a.m. attempting to enter the Cannon Office Building while carrying a 9mm Ruger handgun in his bag.

Prestige was handcuffed and escorted out of the building by two police officers, Capitol Police said. He is not a Hill staffer, and faces charges of carrying a pistol without a license.

The rotunda entrance of Cannon was closed for about a half an hour, and reopened shortly before 10 a.m.

Last Friday, press secretary Ryan Shucard was arrested for attempting to enter the Cannon building while carrying a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun and magazine.

Shucard, who works for Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., was placed on unpaid leave and on Saturday pleaded not guilty to felony charges of carrying a pistol.

All people entering buildings on the Capitol Hill complex are required to pass through metal detectors and send bags through an x-ray belt, although members of Congress are generally allowed to pass through without a check.

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