Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., was cited for being in possession of a firearm at charlotte-raleigh-piedmont” target=”_blank”>Charlotte< spokesperson confirmed that a loaded Staccato 9mm handgun was detected at checkpoint D around 9:00 a.m.
Security seized this loaded Staccato 9mm handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday morning.
Cawthorn was cited for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property, which is an ordinance of the city of Charlotte, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
“Cawthorn stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers,” police said.
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The firearm was seized and Cawthorn was released.
It’s the second time that Cawthorn has been stopped with a gun at an airport after security personnel found a 9 millimeter handgun in his carry-on bag at Asheville Regional Airport in February 2021, according to WSOC.
Cawthorn’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
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The 26-year-old congressman is running for re-elction in North Carolina’s 11th district and will face several Republican challengers in the GOP primary next month.