Charlotte, NC

Representative caught with loaded gun at airport

Jason Weiland

North Carolina U.S Representative, Madison Cawthorn, was caught with a gun at checkpoint D in Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday - the second time in 14 months he had been stopped while traveling with a firearm.

Cawthorn went through the checkpoint with the loaded gun, a 9 mm Staccato C2, around 9 a.m., and “Transportation Security Administration officers notified Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers on standby in the area,” TSA spokesperson R. Carter Langston said.

The 26-year-old Republican was identified as the owner of the gun. Cawthorn admitted it and cooperated with officers, authorities said. He received citations for possession on city property (a misdemeanor) but was released. Police kept the firearm, as is the routine at the airport.

The infractions are punishable with civil penalties including a $13,900 fine depending on certain factors such as whether a firearm is loaded (it was reported to be loaded). Langston said these discoveries aren't unusual given that TSA officers have already intercepted 18,800 firearms at security gates so far this year alone.

When Cawthorn won the 2020 GOP primary runoff over then-President Donald Trump's pick, he became one of this administration’s strongest supporters. The fact that recently Cawthorn was featured at a rally where former President Trump endorsed him for reelection is not sitting well with many members of North Carolina's Republican Party, however; including U.S Sen Thom Tillis who recently threw his support behind another candidate instead.

Cawthorn has been running into trouble with the law ever since he moved to South Carolina. In fact, just last month he received three citations from state troopers in five months - one for driving while revoked license and two other counts involving traffic violations.

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