Representative Madison Cawthorn has built a reputation, during his short time in Congress, for showing up with weapons in places where they aren’t allowed. He added a new incident this week to the string of allegations and documented examples.
According to WRAL, Cawthorn was cited this week after airport security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport found a loaded handgun in his bag. He was not arrested but issued a misdemeanor citation, and the gun was confiscated by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
In fact, it’s the second time Cawthorn has been reported to have been caught with a firearm at an airport. The Citizen-Times reported last July that a similar incident had occurred. In that case, it happened at Asheville Regional Airport, and the gun was unloaded, though there was a loaded magazine in the bag along with it. Cawthorn said that he brought the firearm by mistake.
Cawthorn has also boasted that he was armed on the House floor the day of the insurrection attempt last January — firearms are not allowed on the House floor.
In addition to these incidents, he was reportedly spotted with a weapon, in the form of a hunting knife, on a public school campus when he showed up to lead protests at board meetings regarding COVID-19 precautions and educational standards.
He also seems to be facing additional legal repercussions, as he was recently pulled over and ticketed for apparently driving on a revoked license. This is the party of law and order, right?
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