Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was arrested at an airport in his house state after going by way of safety carrying a loaded handgun earlier this month, authorities mentioned.
Barbour — who chaired the Republican Nationwide Committee within the mid-1990s and served as Mississippi’s governor between 2004 and 2012 — was cuffed by Transportation Safety Administration officers after he says he went by way of safety at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers Worldwide Airport on Jan. 2 carrying a .38-caliber revolver loaded with 5 bullets.
Barbour, 70, instructed an Related Press reporter Tuesday that he had forgotten that the gun was in his briefcase.
“This was absentmindedness and no one’s fault however mine,” Barbour mentioned.
A spokesman confirmed Barbour’s arrest to the Each day Information, calling it an “sincere mistake.”
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein mentioned the governor was arrested after an X-ray machine on the Jackson airport found the revolver.
Barbour mentioned he can pay no matter positive he will get. Fines for carrying a loaded firearm at an airport checkpoint begins at $three,920, in response to the TSA’s web site.