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Madison Cawthorn was just busted at the airport…again

Rep. Madison Cawthorn was reportedly cited for possession of a loaded handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

WSOC-TV heard from three sources who said the 26-year-old Republican congressman’s 9-millimeter handgun was found Tuesday morning at an airport security checkpoint, though the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declined to identify the gun’s owner.

A photo obtained by the station shows the loaded Staccato C2 that was discovered by TSA agents.

Neither Charlotte-Mecklenburg police nor Cawthorn’s office responded to WSOC-TV’s request for comment, and it is unclear whether Cawthorn will face criminal charges.

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Travelers face potential criminal citations along with a maximum of $13,900 in civil penalties per violation for bringing firearms to security checkpoints, according to the TSA.

The TSA previously discovered a 9-millimeter handgun in Cawthorn’s carry-on luggage at Asheville Regional Airport in February 2021, but he was not charged.

In December 2021, the lawmaker was criticized for appearing in an ad for Shooter’s World, a chain of gun stores and shooting ranges in Arizona.

“This is on the verge of an ethics violation. Members of Congress aren’t allowed to promote private companies,” tweeted Democratic Representative and Iraq Veteran Ruben Gallego of Arizona at the time.