Madison Cawthorn Brings Loaded Gun to Charlotte Airport

Far right Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-North Carolina) was cited Tuesday morning for carrying a loaded gun while trying to enter a security checkpoint at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport — the second time he’s brought a gun to an airport in the past two years.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) was called in by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after discovering a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in one of his bags. Cawthorn was cited for possessing a deadly firearm on city property. This is a misdemeanor violation.

Cawthorn was released after being issued a citation and his gun confiscated by the police.

“Mr. Cawthorn stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers,” a press release from the police said.

You can be fined for carrying a loaded weapon through a TSA checkpoint. can be as high as $13,900. Repeat offenders usually face higher fines.

Cawthorn brought a loaded firearm to the TSA checkpoint in this second instance in the past two years. Cawthorn was stopped by TSA checkpoints in Asheville in February 2021 after a loaded gun was found in his possession. Cawthorn was at the airport in Asheville, North Carolina when a loaded gun was found in his possession. a spokesperson for Cawthorn said that he had “erroneously stowed a firearm in his carry-on”He sometimes used it as a rangebag.

Cawthorn has admitted to having been armed during the attack on Capitol Building on January 6. He has a troubling history, including being armed at places where dangerous weaponry cannot be used.

In the span of four weeks, Cawthorn brought four knives to schools at two different schools. In one instance, Cawthorn brought a knife to a political debateJay Carey, a Democratic challenger, is being defeated

According to North Carolina state statutesIt is illegal for anyone to have the knives Cawthorn had on him at school.

Cawthorn’s actions and statements in the past few weeks — particularly his claims that some lawmakers and party insiders have invited him to sex parties — have provoked the ire of even his Republican colleagues. As a result of Cawthorn’s recent run-ins with the law, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) has suggested that perhaps the 26-year-old congressman is not mature enough to be a lawmaker.

“Speeding tickets have happened, and driving without a license has happened,” Tillis said in a recent interview, alluding to other police interactions Cawthorn has had. “These things just speak to judgment. Judgment or maturity.”

North Carolina residents have also claimed that Cawthorn is responsible. should be banned from running for office, calling him an insurrectionist and citing the 14th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Although a federal judge dismissed the complaint, that ruling could still be appealed in the futureShould Cawthorn win his GOP primaries later in the year.