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TSA finds handgun in Delaware state senator’s carry-on bag

June 23, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware state senator missed his flight after his 9mm handgun was found in his carry-on.

The News Journal reports that Sen. Brian Pettyjohn was temporarily detained after Transportation Security Administration workers at Salisbury Regional Airport found the gun as he was headed on Thursday to a conference in New Orleans.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says a loaded handgun was discovered when a carry-on bag went through a checkpoint X-ray machine.

Pettyjohn says in a rush to pack, he forgot to properly stow the weapon.

After the June 14 shooting of U.S. Congressional Republicans at a Virginia baseball field, Pettyjohn says protection is very important.

Pettyjohn wasn’t charged, and was allowed to buy another flight ticket. He has a license to carry a concealed weapon in Delaware, but not Maryland.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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