Rep. Madison Cawthorn cited for possession of loaded gun at TSA checkpoint
Cawthorn claimed ownership of the gun, police said.
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.