A Hot Springs man who tried to carry a loaded automatic pistol on to a flight at Little Rock's National Airport over the weekend is not facing federal criminal charges, the head of Arkansas' Transportation Security Administration said Monday.
Security guards at the airport found a .25-caliber Browning pistol in the carry-on bag of Calvert Addy, 64. The bag also contained two loaded magazines, and the weapon had a round in its chamber.
Jerry Henderson, director for the Transportation Security Administration's operation in Arkansas, said federal authorities are considering taking civil actions against Addy, including a fine of up to $10,000.
He declined to comment on why Addy had the gun in his luggage. Addy did not respond Monday to a message left at his home.
Henderson said weapons have been found in the luggage of air travelers in the past, and that "typically, they just forget that they have them." Addy faces a misdemeanor state charge of carrying a weapon.
A hearing in Little Rock District Court is scheduled for Sept. 22.
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"It was a silly mistake," Huckabee told reporters as he left the Pulaski County Jail. When asked whether it would affect his father's presidential campaign, Huckabee responded, "It shouldn't."
After seeing the weapon on the X-ray machine's screen, Transportation Security Administration officials called Cleveland police.
Henderson had a loaded 9 mm pistol stored in a metal lock box inside his suitcase.
Arkansas emergency officials were awaiting word Thursday for federal Homeland Security instructions in light of the increased national alert and the London transit bombings.