How Madison Cawthorn avoided charges after another airport gun incident

Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn was caught with a gun at an airport for the second time Tuesday, but he is likely to avoid indictment for the offense.

In a tweet Tuesday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed on Twitter that Cawthorn had a gun in his luggage at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

“Responding CMPD officers identified the owner of the bag containing the firearm as David Madison Cawthorn Date of Birth: 8/1/1995. Mr. Cawthorn indicated that the firearm was his and that he was cooperating with CMPD officers,” police said on Twitter, adding that Cawthorn was subpoenaed for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property but was released shortly thereafter.

Tuesday’s incident comes several months after Cawthorn attempted to get a gun onto a plane.

Following this latest incident, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said in a statement sent to news week that authorities discovered a firearm at Gate D of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The TSA spokesman said the same news week that the administration’s “civil penalty structure” for firearms incidents results in a potential fine of up to $13,900. “Loaded firearms and multiple offenses are examples of aggravating circumstances,” the spokesman said news week.

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Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn was subpoenaed for carrying a gun at a North Carolina airport on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Above, Cawthorn speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held on July 09, 2021 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.
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According to WLOS-TV in North Carolina, on Feb. 13, 2021, TSA agents discovered a person in possession of a Glock 9mm pistol that was in the person’s carry-on luggage, the local broadcaster reported.

A few months later, WLOS-TV reported that authorities confirmed that Cawthorn was the person in possession of the Glock 9mm pistol at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina.

In a statement aired on WLOS-TV at the time, a spokesman for Cawthorn said: “Five months ago, when boarding a plane, Rep. Cawthorn mistakenly stowed a firearm in his carry-on bag (which often doubles as a range bag) instead.” his checked bag.”

The statement continued: “The firearm was safe and unchambered.

According to WSOC-TV in North Carolina, Cawthorn was not prosecuted after that incident.

news week reached out to Cawthorn’s office for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

This is breaking news and will be updated as more information becomes available. How Madison Cawthorn avoided charges after another airport gun incident

Rick Schindler

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