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July 23, 2014 4:15 PM Another Hand Cannon Found At Cannon

By Ed Kilgore

This isn’t big news, but does seem to indicate a scary trend (per a report from Roll Call):

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.

Up until now, when I heard about the Pork Producers I’d think fondly of those Pork Chops On a Stick (really a bone) the size of a hubcap they dispense at the Iowa State Fair. Now I wonder why their president-elect feels the need for an Equalizer when he’s on the Hill to talk about the Capper-Volstead Act or something.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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