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      Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

      WASHINGTON (AP) - There are questions this morning about the arrest of a South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive who allegedly tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a handgun in his bag.

      U.S. Capitol Police say 59-year-old Ronald William Prestage of Camden, South Carolina, was arrested as he tried to enter the Cannon Building Wednesday morning. Prestage was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

      The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1ogFBDW ) reports it was loaded, 9 mm Ruger.

      Prestage is an executive of Prestage Farms, based in Clinton, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees.

      He also is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, a lobbying group.

      Telephone messages left Thursday with U.S. Capitol Police and Prestage Farms were not immediately returned.

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