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Reports: US Capitol police arrest NCSU trustee on gun charge

Posted July 23, 2014

— A member of North Carolina State University's Board of Trustees was arrested Wednesday and charged with carrying a gun on U.S. Capitol grounds, according to several media reports.

Ronald William Prestage, 59, of Camden, S.C., was arrested at about 9:20 a.m. at an entrance to the Cannon House Office Building, when a Capitol Police officer found a loaded 9 mm Ruger handgun in his bag, according to The Washington Post and the Roll Call and Politico blogs.

An N.C. State alumnus, Prestage was appointed to the university's board in May 2013.

His family owns Clinton-based Prestage Farms, which processes about 1.25 billion pounds of turkey and pork each year. In 2012, the family donated $10 million to N.C. State's Department of Poultry Science.

Prestage also is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 24, 2014

    Is a legal gun a legal gun? If someone brought in an assault rifle would that be different than this 9mm pistol? What if the clip on the 9mm was extra long and the assault gun just had one in the chamber and no clip? What if the guns were painted pink with smilie faces?

    I’m facinated by all of the folks here wanting a lesser charge...or defending this guy...since we don’t know his intentions. Or, is that “scary terrorist” behavior reserved for tan people...those with accents...big beards...etc? (cough) Timothy McVeigh (cough)

  • Jack Miller Jul 24, 2014
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    That was a dumb oversight I am sure. I've had my firearm on me and remembered at the last minute. To me it's like carrying my wallet. Obviously if he saw the metal detectors and security line they have there it would have jarred his memory if he recalled it was in there.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Jul 23, 2014

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    This is a prime example of lunacy by those that hate the constitution.

    They must be from across the pond where tea and crumpets are served

  • raleighboy524 Jul 23, 2014

    Simple equation: Federal crime = federal jail time. Call your next case.

  • Lorna Schuler Jul 23, 2014
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    Actually, total lack of any common sense at all. Simply chicken little histrionics. Who says he was up to anything and who the devil did he terrorize? Good grief what a bunch of fraidy cats.... with vivid imaginations no less. You do realize that's how rumors get started right? Jumping to conclusions and making up stuff, no wonder the country is in such turmoil

  • rocket Jul 23, 2014

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    Who did he terrorize? There's nothing in the story that indicates he had any intent to harm others. You're irrational fear of guns is showing.

  • BurtReynoldsBigHat Jul 23, 2014

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    How in the world does this sound anything like "hate" or trash NC State in any way? It literally only mentions that he's an NCSU trustee. Because he is, which is of local importance.

    FYI, this story has been picked up by newspapers around the country.

  • ncken1 Jul 23, 2014

    This infraction is a felony. If convicted, a Federal prison camp will be his new home.

  • Super Hans Jul 23, 2014

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    Finally some sense around here!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 23, 2014

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    Why do you assume that he was up to anything bad. He could have just made a mistake of having his luggage with him.