Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina was found with a loaded handgun in the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday, according to the city’s police department.
Airport officers were notified after Transportation Security Administration officials located the gun in a bag at a security screening checkpoint. The Republican lawmaker was cooperative with police and was cited on a misdemeanor criminal charge for bringing the weapon into the airport.
“Mr. Cawthorn stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers,” a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said. “Mr. Cawthorn was issued a citation for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on City Property, which is a City of Charlotte Ordinance. Mr. Cawthorn was released, and the CMPD took possession of the firearm, which is normal procedure.”