Rep. Madison Cawthorne, RN.C., is seen at the U.S. Capitol as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, spoke at length on the floor of the House of Representatives to delay a Better Recovery Act vote on Thursday, November 18, 2021 G. .
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Police said Rep. Madison Cawthorne was charged Tuesday morning with possession of a dangerous weapon on city property for smuggling a loaded gun into an airport in North Carolina.
This incident is the second time that Cawthorn, RN.C., has been stopped at an airport in his home state for carrying a weapon.
Cawthorn was recently in hot water for driving without valid licenseand for asserting that other members of Congress were drug use and inviting him to orgies. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-CA, said there was no evidence of Cawthorne’s claims.
The 26-year-old MP was cited in the latest incident at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Mecklenburg County on Tuesday after a handgun was found by TSA officials at a security checkpoint, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said. told WCNC TV in Charlotte.
“Responding CMPD officers identified the owner of the firearm bag as David Madison Cawthorne,” police said.
“Mr. Cawthorne stated that the firearm was his and that he was collaborating with CMPD officers,” CMPD said.
“Mr. Cawthorne has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on city property, which is a City of Charlotte ordinance,” police said.
“Mr. Cawthorne was released and the CMPD took possession of the firearm, which is normal procedure. The standard procedure for the CMPD airport department is exile instead of arrest for the misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon on city property, unless there are other related felony charges or extenuating circumstances.”
A TSA spokesman said TSA officers found a loaded 9mm Staccato handgun at an airport security checkpoint around 9 a.m. ET. The spokesman, who said the agency has a policy of not identifying individuals involved in gun incidents, also provided a photograph of the seized weapons.
Cawthorn is also facing potential civil sanctions from the TSA. Under the agency’s rules, a person who violates airport gun regulations can be fined up to approximately $13,000, with aggravating factors in considering fines being whether the firearm was loaded and whether the person has committed previous violations of TSA rules.
A firearm found at Checkpoint D in the CLT this morning at approximately 9:00 am (a loaded 9mm Staccato handgun), however the TSA has not released passenger information in any of the incidents.
The Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting people found with guns at airports, said in a statement: defendant.”
“Because this case is pending, in accordance with the NC Attorneys’ Rules of Professional Conduct, we will refrain from further comment,” the district attorney’s office said.
Representatives for Cawthorn, the youngest member of Congress, did not immediately respond to emails and voice messages asking for comment on the report.
Brad Smith, a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte who represents people accused of carrying guns in Charlotte Douglas, told CNBC that carrying guns at that airport is a violation of Charlotte city ordinances.
Smith also said that while it is not “unheard of” for a person to receive a ticket for such an offense, it is “certainly more common to get arrested” at the scene.
“Most of the time you are put in jail and punished,” Smith said.
“The DA’s office is fully investigating these cases,” the lawyer said.
According to reports at the time, in February 2021, an unloaded 9mm Glock pistol was recovered from Cawthorne by TSA personnel at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina after it was found in his carry-on luggage.
A spokesman for Cawthorne said after this incident that the congressman mistakenly brought the gun in his bag.
Cawthorne was charged with driving with a revoked license in March, according to news outlets. He faced the same charge in 2017, but that charge was dropped. Asheville Citizen Times.
At the time he was indicted in March, Cawthorne also reportedly faced two speeding tickets in North Carolina: once for driving at 89 mph in a 65 mph zone and the other for driving at 87 mph in a 70 mph zone.