CHARLOTTE — Rep. Madison Cawthorn was cited for having a gun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday morning, police said.
According to the TSA, a 9 mm handgun was discovered in a bag at Checkpoint D, and TSA officials contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
A photo obtained by Channel 9 shows that a loaded Staccato C2 was recovered at the airport Tuesday.
Officers confirmed the gun was Cawthorn’s and said he cooperated with police.
Cawthorn was cited for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property, which is a city of Charlotte ordinance.
CMPD said it took the firearm, which is normal procedure.
This is not the first time a gun has been discovered on Cawthorn at an airport. In February 2021, TSA found a 9 mm handgun in Cawthorn’s carry-on bag at Asheville Regional Airport. Cawthorn did not face any criminal charges for the incident.
The TSA found 106 guns at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 2021.
A spokesperson for Cawthorn did not respond to a request for comment.
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