Republican Representative Madison Catherine North Carolina was cited for bringing loaded handguns through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, officials said.
The loaded Staccato C2 9mm handgun was discovered at Checkpoint D shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to the TSA.
“Mr. Cawthorn stated that he had firearms and was cooperating with CMPD officers,” according to a statement from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
Cawthorn did not respond to a request for comment from CNN.
“Mr Cawthorn was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on City property, the city of the Charlotte Ordinance. Mr Cawthorn was released, and the CMPD confiscated firearms, which This is the normal procedure, “the statement said.
“The standard procedure for the CMPD Airport Division is to cite arrests on corruption charges involving possession of a dangerous weapon on city property, unless other relevant serious charges or circumstances are aggravated.”
Re-offending can result in a fine of up to 13,000. According to the TSA.
This is the second time in just one year that airport authorities have stopped Cathron at gunpoint. In February 2021, Asheville Regional Airport agents found an unloaded gun and a loaded magazine in Couthorn’s carry-on bag, according to the report. From the Asheville Citizen Times. The newspaper quoted an airport spokesman as saying that Cawthorn’s weapon was “safe at the airport and he recovered it after his flight”. In July, when the story was published, a Cawthorn spokesman told Citizen-Times that Congressmen had brought the gun “by mistake.” He was not charged in the incident.
Cawthorn is due to appear next month on charges of driving with a revoked license.
He has made a name for himself in Congress as a highly polarizing legislator during his relatively short tenure. In recent months, he has been at the center of a series of controversies that have provoked criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats.
In one notable incident, Catherine was criticized by members of his own party Calling Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky a “thug.” And the Ukrainian government is “incredibly bad”, comments that came in the early days of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine and in the context of widespread bilateral support for Ukraine in Congress.
Catherine recently faced a backlash from Republicans for claiming that people in Washington Invited her to participate in orgies. And used cocaine in front of him. The controversy has drawn high-profile reprimands from fellow Republicans.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said the GOP lawmakers He had lost his confidence And he has to earn it back. In a significant move, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thomas Tills has lost weight. A main opponent of Cawthorn.
Republicans are hoping to win a majority in the next midterm elections, and President Joe Biden is trying to keep his message to the American people on the agenda of the Democratic Party. Many in the party see Catherine’s record of controversial actions as a major setback, which badly reflects the rest of the party at this critical time.