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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