Madison Cawthorn cited for loaded handgun found at TSA checkpoint - CNNPolitics

  

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Madison Cawthorn cited for loaded handgun found at TSA checkpoint - CNNPolitics
Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina was cited for bringing a loaded handgun through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, authorities said.

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Charlotte (CNN)Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina was cited for bringing a loaded handgun through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, authorities said.

The loaded Staccato C2 9 mm handgun was discovered at Checkpoint D shortly before 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, according to the TSA. "Mr. Cawthorn stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers," according to a statement by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Cawthorn has not responded to a request for comment from CNN. "Mr. Cawthorn was issued a citation for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on City Property, which is a City of Charlotte Ordinance. Mr. Cawthorn was released, and the CMPD took possession of the firearm, which is normal procedure," the statement said. Read More "It is standard procedure for the CMPD Airport Division to cite in lieu of arrest for the misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on City Property unless there are other associated felony charges or extenuating circumstances." A person can be fined up to $13,000 for a repeat offense, according to the TSA. This is the second time in just over a year that airport authorities have stopped Cawthorn with a gun. In February 2021, agents at the Asheville Regional Airport found an unloaded gun and a loaded magazine in Cawthorn's carry-on bag, according to reporting from the Asheville Citizen-Times. Cawthorn's weapon was "secured at the airport and he retrieved it after his flight," the newspaper reported, citing the airport spokesperson. In July, when the story was published, a Cawthorn spokesperson told the Citizen-Times that the congressman had brought the gun "by mistake." He was not charged in the incident. Cawthorn is due to appear next month on misdemeanor charges of driving with a revoked license. He has made a name for himself as a highly polarizing lawmaker during his relatively short tenure so far in Congress. In recent months, he has been at the center of multiple controversies that have sparked criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats. In one notable incident, Cawthorn faced condemnation from members of his own party for calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a "thug" and the Ukrainian government "incredibly evil," comments that came in the early days of Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine and against a backdrop in Congress of broad bipartisan support for Ukraine. Cawthorn also recently faced significant backlash from Republicans after claiming that people in Washington had invited him to participate in orgies and used cocaine in front of him. The controversies have led to high-profile rebukes from fellow Republicans. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said the GOP lawmaker had lost his trust and would have to earn it back. In a significant move, GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina has thrown his weight behind a primary opponent to Cawthorn. Republicans are optimistic they will be able to retake the House majority in the upcoming midterm elections and are attempting to keep their message to the American people focused on criticism of President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party's agenda. Many in the party see Cawthorn's record of controversial actions as a major distraction that reflects poorly on the rest of the party at a critical time.

CNN's Gregory Wallace, Devon M. Sayers and Clare Foran contributed to this report.


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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    4 weeks ago

WTH?

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  JBB @1    4 weeks ago

maybe he felt the need to possess something with a 4+ inch barrel that could shoot more than one time.

 
 
 
Snuffy
Senior Guide
2  Snuffy    4 weeks ago

So according to the article this is the second time within a year.  So he could be fined up to $13,000.   Schmuck...

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
3  Ender    4 weeks ago

512

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1  devangelical  replied to  Ender @3    4 weeks ago

gee, hard to believe his wife dumped him...

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
3.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  devangelical @3.1    4 weeks ago

Why?  His opinions of women and women's rights are such he's lucky his estranged wife didn't beat him with his wheelchair.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3.2  Sparty On  replied to  Ender @3    4 weeks ago

[Ender has you on ignore.  Please do not respond to him.]

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
3.3  Hallux  replied to  Ender @3    4 weeks ago

Madison who only "believes in 2 genders" looks like he wants to be a 3rd.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.4  devangelical  replied to  Ender @3    4 weeks ago

he must be on his way to one of those DC sex parties ...

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
4  bbl-1    4 weeks ago

Poor Cawthorn.  He appears to be forgetful and has an inherit need to be constantly armed.  Must have a tough life.  Being a MAGA and all of that.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
5  seeder  JBB    4 weeks ago

original

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
6  seeder  JBB    4 weeks ago

original

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
7  Gsquared    4 weeks ago

He belongs on the No Fly List.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
7.1  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @7    4 weeks ago

preferably sometime during a flight... /s

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
8  Tacos!    4 weeks ago

Isn’t it amazing how every day, people who should know better, try to bring weapons through airport security? It’s not as if these are obscure rules.

 
 

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