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Second Person Arrested For Trying To Bring Gun Into Capitol Office Building

For the second time in a week, a person was arrested for trying to bring a gun into a congressional office building.

According to the U.S. Capitol Police, Ronald William Prestage was arrested this morning after a routine security screening in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building revealed a firearm in his bag. Prestage is being charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

Last Friday, Ryan Shucard, a congressional staffer, was similarly stopped and arrested for trying to bring a gun into a congressional office building. Prestage is not a congressional staffer.

The two incidents come in the wake of House passage of an amendment to a spending bill that would prohibit D.C. from enforcing its restrictive gun laws, which require that guns be registered and forbids them from being carried outside the home.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), would not reverse the prohibition on the carrying of guns in federal buildings, prompting D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to criticize the freshman legislator for targeting only the city's gun laws.

“Representative Massie, your message about spreading guns is apparently being heard, at least for people coming to the Capitol," she said in a statement. "Where is your bill to overturn the federal law barring guns on Capitol grounds or the separate federal law barring guns in other federal buildings?"

Massie's office was not immediately available for comment.


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