CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – Rep. Madison Cawthron was cited for having a gun at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Tuesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police confirmed the Republican congressman had a gun in his bag at the airport.

CMPD said Cawthorn was “cooperative” with officers after the discovery of the firearm by TSA agents.

Cawthorn was cited for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property and released.

“It is standard procedure for the CMPD Airport Division to cite in lieu of arrest for the misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on City Property unless there are other associated felony charges or extenuating circumstances,” CMPD said in a tweet.

The TSA confirmed to CBS 17 that a 9mm handgun was discovered at Checkpoint D but would not identify the passenger who had the weapon.

The image provided to CBS 17 by the TSA shows a loaded Staccato C2.


This isn’t the first time Cawthorn has been caught with a firearm at an airport.

In Feb. 2021, Cawthorn had a loaded 9mm at Asheville Regional Airport.

Cawthorn was not charged with a crime for the Feb. 2021 incident.