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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) was reportedly cited for possession of a handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday morning.
Three sources told WSOC that the Republican congressman’s 9-millimeter handgun was spotted at a security checkpoint, but the Transportation Security Administration declined to identify the person who had the gun.
A photo obtained by Channel 9 shows a loaded Staccato C2 handgun.
It follows an episode last year when Cawthorn tried to board a plane at Asheville Regional Airport with an unloaded Glock 9 mm handgun in his carry-on bag, along with a magazine of ammunition.
‘Five months ago, while boarding a flight, Rep. Cawthorn erroneously stowed a firearm in his carry-on (that often doubles as a range bag) instead of his checked bag,’ a spokesman said when the incident came to light last July.
‘The firearm was secured, and unchambered.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn was reportedly cited for possession of a handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday morning. His spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment
A photo obtained by Channel 9 showed a loaded Staccato C2 handgun, like the one seen here
‘Rep. Cawthorn endeavors to always follow TSA guidelines, and quickly rectified this situation before boarding his flight.’
His staff did not immediately respond to the latest reports.
Cawthorn has had a habit of generating headlines ever since winning election to the House in 2020 – either through his taste for bombast or run-ins with law enforcement.
Dashcam footage emerged last week of a March traffic stop when a police officer informed the 26-year-old congressman that he was driving with a revoked license in his home state.
He was asked to turn over his license and switch seats with a woman who had been in the passenger seat of his pickup truck, a two-minute thirty-two-second video shared by the Charlotte Observer shows.
And Queen City News recently released footage from a traffic stop in October during which Cawthorn was pulled over for speeding.
‘I do not have my wallet on me,’ the lawmaker says when asked if he had his license.
And Cawthorn again appeared surprised at being informed he was breaking the rules, with the officer in that incident telling him the car was registered to his father — despite Cawthorn claiming it was in his name.
He later reportedly pleaded guilty to improper equipment and paid a $25 fine.
Cawthorn has also sought out the spotlight for himself, making wild claims about cocaine-fuelled orgies in Washington, which earned him the anger of colleagues.
During an interview with John Lovell for the ‘Warrior Poet Society’ he was asked how closely Washington resembles the fictional version in the Netflix show House of Cards, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion.’
The North Carolina Republican replied that the ‘sexual perversion’ and drug use is just like what people saw on television.
‘The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington … being kind of a young guy in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look at all these people – a lot of them who I’ve looked up to throughout my life … then all of a sudden you get invited to like, “well hey we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes. You should come,” like, what did you just ask me to come to?
‘And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy.’
But his colleagues were horrified that voters would assume Republican lawmakers were up to no good in the nation’s capital.