On Thursday (July 13), Scotty McCreery was stopped by police at the Raleigh Durham International Airport after TSA X-ray screening identified a handgun in his luggage, according to ABC11 News in Raleigh-Durham, N.C..
The police searched the country star’s backpack and found a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun and ammunition.
According to the police report, Scotty had forgotten to remove the firearm and ammunition from his bag after going target shooting at a shooting range prior to entering the airport for his flight.
On Friday (July 21), Scotty made the following statement to ABC11:
“I have been a concealed carry permit holder for awhile now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously. While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightly confiscated it. I had my concealed carry permit on me so once they had checked everything out, they then released me to catch the next available flight. Great to know our airport security force is on the job. I have learned a lesson that I won’t forget.”
Watch the ABC11 news report below.