Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to bring gun through security at NC airport, police report says

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — TSA could fine a North Carolina lawmaker after they said he tried to board a flight with a gun on him, according to a police report, WLOS reported.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to board a plane at Asheville Regional Airport in February. TSA workers said they found an unloaded Glock 9 mm handgun in his carry-on, along with a loaded magazine.

Firearms are not allowed at the airport in Asheville unless they are first secured and declared properly for travel.

A spokesperson for Cawthorn release the following statement about the incident:

“Five months ago, while boarding a flight, Rep. Cawthorn erroneously stowed a firearm in his carry-on (that often doubles as a range bag) instead of his checked bag. The firearm was secured, and unchambered. Rep. Cawthorn endeavors to always follow TSA guidelines, and quickly rectified this situation before boarding his flight.”

TSA said in nearly all cases like this, people face federal civil fines -- $2,000 for an unloaded gun and $4,000 for a loaded gun.

According to TSA, Cawthorn’s case is still pending.

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