Texas State Lawmaker Arrested With Gun At Airport

A Texas state lawmaker was arrested after a gun was discovered in his carry-on luggage at the Austin airport.

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.

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