NPPC president-elect arrested with handgun at U.S. Capitol building

NPPC president-elect arrested with handgun at U.S. Capitol building

WASHINGTON – According to preliminary media reports, National Pork Producers’ Council president-elect Ron Prestage was arrested at the Cannon House Building this morning on charges of carrying a pistol without a license.

Reportedly, the Camden, South Carolina native does have a concealed carry permit in his home state, but not in Washington, D.C., where the charge of carrying a pistol without a license can be punished by up to five years in prison.

WLTX reports Prestage was on his way to see South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan to discuss the turkey industry when U.S. Capitol Police recovered the handgun from him at about 9:20 a.m. local time.

NPPC Director of Communications Dave Warner stated that NPPC will not comment on the matter.