The far-right North Carolina Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn is going through a misdemeanor prison cost after police at an airport in his dwelling state mentioned they discovered a gun in his bag Tuesday.
Police at Charlotte Douglas worldwide airport handed Cawthorn, 26, a municipal quotation accusing him of possessing a harmful weapon on metropolis property, officers mentioned in a statement.
Police didn’t arrest Cawthorn, as a substitute primarily issuing him a ticket summoning him to return to courtroom at a later date to reply to the weapon cost. Additionally they confiscated the gun.
Cawthorn, whom police described as “cooperative” with officers, didn’t instantly touch upon his encounter with officers on the airport Tuesday.
In accordance with police, officers on the airport’s safety screening checkpoint noticed a gun in a bag belonging to Cawthorn. The congressman was close by and admitted that the gun was his.
A municipal legislation in Charlotte, the most important metropolis in North Carolina, prohibits folks from possessing weapons on airport and different property owned by the town authorities. Anybody convicted of the misdemeanor might rise up to 120 days in jail and be fined by each the town authorities in addition to the federal Transportation Safety Administration.
Cawthorn, who took workplace early final yr, has usually landed in controversy.
The rightwing gadfly and supporter of Donald Trump riled up senior members of his Republican social gathering over his claims of being invited to orgies and of getting witnessed distinguished figures utilizing cocaine in Washington DC.
Cawthorn has additionally gathered quite a few rushing tickets throughout a number of states in recent times, together with a cost that he drove regardless of having his license revoked in a county west of Charlotte.
Tuesday was not the primary time legislation enforcement officers have reportedly discovered a gun on Cawthorn at an airport. TSA brokers on the regional airport in Cawthorn’s hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, seized a pistol from his bag in February 2021.
He was not charged criminally in that case.