Thursday, April 26, 2007

Huckabee Jr. Gets Caught With His G-27...In An Airport No Less

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — "David Huckabee, a son of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, was arrested at Little Rock's airport Thursday after a federal X-ray technician detected a loaded Glock pistol in his carry-on luggage.

"I removed the bag and asked Mr. Huckabee if he knew what he had in the bag," Little Rock police officer Arthur Nugent wrote in a report after being summoned to a security checkpoint. "He replied he did now."

Huckabee, 26, later pleaded guilty in Little Rock District Court after being charged with possessing a weapon in a prohibited place. District Judge Lee Munson gave Huckabee a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered him into 10 days of community service — which Huckabee can avoid by paying $100. Huckabee will be on probation for a year. Fines and costs totaled $605.

The son of the former Arkansas governor holds a concealed weapons permit. The elder Huckabee, who said last week that Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui perhaps could have been stopped if a teacher or student had also been armed, also has a concealed weapons permit.

Nugent said David Huckabee had a .40-caliber Glock pistol in his black carry-on bag. Eight live rounds were in the gun — none in the chamber — and a nine-round clip was also in the bag. The weapon and ammunition were detained by Little Rock police while David Huckabee's gun permit was seized and given to the Arkansas State Police.

Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings said it is not unusual for people to forget they have a gun in their carry-on luggage.

A Transportation Security Administration worker summoned police after seeing the image of a gun on an X-ray machine. Little Rock police checked the bag and found the gun and ammunition, said Sari Koshetz, a TSA spokeswoman in Miami.

Now, a G-27 isn't the biggest of handguns nor the heaviest, but I've personally never forgotten I had one on me and it's a rare day I do not. I guess accidents DO happen, but sheesh. A good reminder to always pack your OWN luggage. Might also wanna be sure you ditch any of them CLIPS, too. Get some decent magazines. You'll thank me.

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