Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who earlier this year faced allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by several women who say he put them in uncomfortable situations when he was a college student, is back in the headlines after he attempted to board a plane with a gun and a loaded magazine.
The 25-year-old GOP congressman representing Western North Carolina’s 11th District was attempting to board a plane on Feb. 13 when TSA workers found an unloaded gun in his carry-on bag, along with a loaded magazine, according to Asheville Regional Airport officials.
The weapon was described in a redacted incident report and police radio traffic recordings as a “Glock 9mm handgun.”
Cawthorn’s spokesman responded to questions about the incident by claiming he brought the gun by mistake. While Cawthorn was not charged with any crime, he may likely face a federal fine and loss of a special security status, local and federal officials said.
Cawthorn’s gun was secured at the airport, and he retrieved it after his flight, airport spokeswoman Tina Kinsey said.
“In the recordings, an officer can be heard repeating several times to another officer that there was an elected official found with a gun,” reports the Asheville Citizen Times.
“Elected official, Madison Cawthorn, with a firearm,” the officer said.
“Police then discuss what to do with the gun, at one point saying they might have Cawthorn take it out to his car,” according to the reoprt. “Later they say because his flight is in seven minutes, they will secure it.”