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Rep. Madison Cawthorn receives second citation for having a gun in airport

Rep. Madison Cawthorn was cited on a misdemeanor criminal charge of possessing a dangerous weapon on city property Tuesday morning for bringing a loaded handgun to an airport in North Carolina, police said

The incident is the second time that Cawthorn (R-NC) has been stopped at an airport in his home state for carrying a weapon.

Authorities last year stopped Cawthorn from carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun onto a flight out of Asheville, North Carolina. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the incident occurred just before 9 a.m., when it was notified that Transportation Security Administration agents had found a firearm, ammunition and a magazine in Cawthorn’s belongings at a security checkpoint, according to a police report.  The weapon was recovered at Checkpoint D around 9 a.m., the report also confirmed.

The police noted in their report that the airport has several signs stating “no dangerous weapons allowed.” They added in a statement that Cawthorn was cooperative and told officers that the gun belonged to him.

A TSA spokesperson said the penalty for violating rules about firearms is up to $13,900. It hasn’t yet been confirmed whether the agency will pursue a fine against Cawthorn. The spokesperson said that while it doesn’t discuss the details of each case, “in almost every incident we issue one,” with a review and a potential penalty likely in the coming weeks.

Security confiscated the Glock handgun, which police confirmed is standard procedure, they also allowed Cawthorn to board the plane, the Observer said.

A citation instead of arrest is also normal procedure, the police department said, “unless there are other associated felony charges or extenuating circumstances.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: SEATTLE TIMES

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