ONTARIO (CBS/AP) — A Republican lawmaker in California who previously sought the right to carry a loaded weapon inside the state Capitol has been cited for trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a Sacramento-bound flight.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez says Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks had a Colt .45 with four rounds in it inside his carry-on luggage at Ontario International Airport. He says another magazine with five rounds also was in Donnelly’s carry-on bag.

The lawmaker was passing through a security checkpoint at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday when he was detained. Donnelly was scheduled to board a Southwest Airlines Flight 661 from Ontario to Sacramento, to join his fellow lawmakers for the first session of the year.

In a statement released by his office, Donnelly said he forgot to remove the gun from his bag and that he was ultimately cited for possession of an unloaded handgun. Ontario airport police later released a revised statement that the citation will be for possession of a loaded firearm.

Donnelly’s weapon was confiscated by the Ontario Police Department.

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Comments (4)
  1. Doug says:

    Just remember that all politicians are above the law. It is our culture to protect these bums.

  2. douglas aro says:

    sure he gets off scott free. he knew better he aint no one special, what a poor excuse for a lawmaker i didnt know. he needs to go to jail and booked and photograph like a criminal is. hes needs to do some time and community service also and a fine on top of that. there no excuses he didnt know. anyone else they would have been arrested and sit in jail but not him he special a crooked lawmaker. you do the crime do the time you deserved what you get, did he have a permit for the gun also. they say different laws for different people that for sure there is there aint no equal justice in this country for anyone. if you work for the government you get to break the laws and walk you called that justice. send him to jail no excuses no exceptions

  3. Greg says:

    Cited? Anyone else would have been arrested. Again, these guys just get a slap on the hand. How’s that fair?

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