Rep. Madison Cawthorn cited for possession of loaded gun at TSA checkpoint

Cawthorn claimed ownership of the gun, police said.

Published: April 26, 2022 4:18pm

Updated: April 26, 2022 4:42pm

North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn was cited on Tuesday for carrying a loaded gun at an airport, according to law enforcement.

Transportation Security Administration agents at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport allegedly discovered a firearm in Cawthorn's bag at a security screening checkpoint.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the congressman "stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers."

Cawthorn received a "Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on City Property" citation, which is a misdemeanor and a Charlotte city ordinance.

The representative was released from custody and, following standard procedure, the department took possession of the gun.

Cawthorn has not made a public statement as of publication.

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