State Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo (File)
AUSTIN (November 22, 2013) Texas state Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, has been charged with carrying a prohibited weapon in an airport, which is a third-degree felony.
Austin police arrested Darby last week after inspectors found a pistol in his carry-on luggage at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
According to an arrest affidavit, Dearby 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.