DOVER, Del. - (AP) - Maryland authorities have filed criminal charges against a Delaware state senator who carried a loaded handgun into an airport.
Wicomico County officials have charged Sen. Brian Pettyjohn with violating a prohibition against boarding or attempting to board an aircraft with any firearm or explosive, whether openly or concealed. The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Pettyjohn, a Georgetown Republican, was headed to a conference in New Orleans on Thursday when Transportation Security Administration workers at Salisbury Regional Airport found the 9 mm handgun.
Pettyjohn, who has a license to carry a concealed weapon in Delaware, has said he accidentally left the gun in a laptop bag while packing for the trip.
Pettyjohn and his attorney did not immediately return phone messages Friday.