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Delaware Senator Has Been Charged After Having Gun In Carryon at Airport.

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

UPDATE 6/23/2017 6:30pm

DOVER, Del. (AP) – Maryland authorities have filed criminal charges against a Delaware state senator who carried a loaded handgun into an airport.

Wicomico County officials have charged Sen. Brian Pettyjohn with violating a prohibition against boarding or attempting to board an aircraft with any firearm or explosive, whether openly or concealed. The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Pettyjohn, a Georgetown Republican, was headed to a conference in New Orleans on Thursday when Transportation Security Administration workers at Salisbury Regional Airport found the 9 mm handgun.

Pettyjohn has a license to carry a concealed weapon in Delaware. He has said he accidentally left the gun in a laptop bag while packing for the trip.A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 25. Petty did not immediately respond to phone and email messages Friday.

His attorney, Bruce Rogers, confirmed that a summons has been issued, but he declined further comment, noting that he has not seen the charging document

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SALISBURY, Md.- Delaware state Sen. Brian Pettyjohn’s handgun was confiscated by TSA after the firearm was found in his carry-on luggage at the Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport on Thursday.

Pettyjohn, R-19, was carrying a 9mm Smith & Wesson in his airport luggage when the TSA took it. While he has a license to carry a concealed weapon in Delaware, he does not have one for Maryland.

“I regret it happening, but there was no ill intent whatsoever…I’ve been carrying it more since those events in Virginia. You never know what people are going to do out there and I’m in the public eye, and the safety of my family and myself is the most important thing to me,” Pettyjohn said.

The shooting last week in Alexandria occurred during a congressional baseball practice.

As of right now, no charges have been filed against the senator.

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