AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state lawmaker from San Angelo has been charged with carrying a gun in his carry-on luggage at the Austin airport.
Austin police arrested state Rep. Drew Darby last week after inspectors found the pistol. He was charged with carrying a prohibited weapon in an airport, a third degree felony.
According to the arrest affidavit, the Republican was arrested on Nov. 14 after the loaded .380 caliber Ruger showed up in the x-ray screening. Darby told the arresting officer he holds a concealed handgun license and had forgotten the pistol was in his bag.
In a statement, Darby said he regretted his mistake.
The Transportation Safety Administration has set a record for gun seizures at airports this year, more than 1,500 nationwide by October, more than in all of 2012.