A Delaware state senator is facing felony charges after bringing a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag at the Salisbury Regional Airport in Maryland Thursday, according to The News Journal.

Sen. Brian Pettyjohn was traveling to the Southern Regional Education Board conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, when Transportation Security Administration agents discovered a 9mm handgun in his luggage.

Pettyjohn said he had accidentally left it inside a laptop case.

“It’s just one of those things where I didn’t check that one little flap, and there it was,” Pettyjohn said to The News Journal. “Sometimes mistakes happen, whether you’re a legislator or not.”


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