Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) was reportedly cited for possession of a handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday morning.
Three sources told WSOC that the Republican congressman’s 9-millimeter handgun was spotted at a security checkpoint, but the Transportation Security Administration declined to identify the person who had the gun.
A photo obtained by Channel 9 shows a loaded Staccato C2 handgun.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it was standard procedure to issue a citation rather than press charges unless there are other felony charges.
It said officers were alerted by the Transport Security Administration that a firearm had been found in a bag at a screening checkpoint.
‘Responding CMPD officers identified the owner of the bag containing the firearm as David Madison Cawthorn DOB: 08/01/1995,’ the department said in a Twitter thread.
‘Mr. Cawthorn stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers.’
Officers issued a citation for Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on City Property.
‘Mr. Cawthorn was released, and the CMPD took possession of the firearm, which is normal procedure,’ it said.
It follows an episode last year when Cawthorn tried to board a plane at Asheville Regional Airport with an unloaded Glock 9 mm handgun in his carry-on bag, along with a magazine of ammunition.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn was reportedly cited for possession of a handgun at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday morning. His spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment
A photo obtained by Channel 9 showed a loaded Staccato C2 handgun, like the one seen here
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Cawthorn was cooperative after the firearm was discovered and that officers took possession of the weapon
‘Five months ago, while boarding a flight, Rep. Cawthorn erroneously stowed a firearm in his carry-on (that often doubles as a range bag) instead of his checked bag,’ a spokesman said when the incident came to light last July.
‘The firearm was secured, and unchambered.
‘Rep. Cawthorn endeavors to always follow TSA guidelines, and quickly rectified this situation before boarding his flight.’
His staff did not immediately respond to the latest reports.
Cawthorn is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, and his reelection campaign is backed by the National Rifle Association.
On Jan. 6 last year, as protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Cawthorn told conservative broadcaster Charlie Kirk that he was safe and had used his wheelchair to carry weapons and make sure everyone around him was armed.
‘As you know I believe in the Second Amendment as well as a lot of other members,’ he said.
‘So we are armed. We’re in a safe locations – can’t disclose where.’
Cawthorn has had a habit of generating headlines ever since winning election to the House in 2020 – either through his taste for bombast or run-ins with law enforcement.
Dashcam footage emerged last week of a March traffic stop when a police officer informed the 26-year-old congressman that he was driving with a revoked license in his home state.
He was asked to turn over his license and switch seats with a woman who had been in the passenger seat of his pickup truck, a two-minute thirty-two-second video shared by the Charlotte Observer shows.
And Queen City News recently released footage from a traffic stop in October during which Cawthorn was pulled over for speeding.
‘I do not have my wallet on me,’ the lawmaker says when asked if he had his license.
And Cawthorn again appeared surprised at being informed he was breaking the rules, with the officer in that incident telling him the car was registered to his father — despite Cawthorn claiming it was in his name.
He later reportedly pleaded guilty to improper equipment and paid a $25 fine.
Cawthorn has also sought out the spotlight for himself, making wild claims about cocaine-fuelled orgies in Washington, which earned him the anger of colleagues.
During an interview with John Lovell for the ‘Warrior Poet Society’ he was asked how closely Washington resembles the fictional version in the Netflix show House of Cards, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion.’
The North Carolina Republican replied that the ‘sexual perversion’ and drug use is just like what people saw on television.
The photos, obtained by Politico and look to make even the most devoted partiers blush, show the 26-year-old Republican with a vacant look in his eyes, wearing women’s hoop earrings and a woman’s necklace along with a bra and lingerie seT
Cawthorn brushed off the photos on Twitter Friday evening, and claimed it was all part of a cruise ship game and was another attack from the left.
‘The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington … being kind of a young guy in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look at all these people – a lot of them who I’ve looked up to throughout my life … then all of a sudden you get invited to like, “well hey we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes. You should come,” like, what did you just ask me to come to?
‘And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy.’
But his colleagues were horrified that voters would assume Republican lawmakers were up to no good in the nation’s capital.
Fellow Republicans complained in a closed meeting he was soiling their reputation with the wild, non-specific claims and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said Cawthorn had ‘lost my trust’ and gave him a stern talking-to in his office.
Before that, he came under fire for accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being an alcoholic, although she is a tee-totaler, and called Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky a ‘thug.’
Then last week photographs emerged of Cawthorn cavorting in women’s underwear.
Politico said it obtained screenshots of the images from someone who used to be close to Cawthorn and his campaign.
The congressman shrugged them off.
‘I guess the left thinks goofy vacation photos during a game on a cruise (taken waaay before I ran for Congress) is going to somehow hurt me? They’re running out of things to throw at me…’ he wrote on Twitter.