Lawmaker Issued Citation for Bringing Firearm Through Airport Security

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( – Rep. Victoria Spartz’s (R-Ind.) office revealed that the lawmaker recently brought a gun through Washington Dulles International Airport security, which caused her to face a weapons violation. 

The incident took place on Friday, June 28, according to the Representative’s office, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

The TSA itself has not confirmed the passenger’s name. However, Dulles Airport officers said that during the passenger security screening, they had detected a .380 caliber firearm. The gun had been found unloaded in the carry-on bag of a passenger. 

Spartz’s office reported that her bringing the gun in her suitcase was entirely accidental. She was issued a citation and then allowed to proceed with her trip to Europe for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) meeting. Her office noted that Spartz did not realize that the firearm had been left in her suitcase’s pocket, and so she didn’t realize it was there when she went through airport security. The suitcase carried no bullets or magazines for the firearm, her office stated. 

In 2020, Spartz was elected in Indiana’s 5th Congressional district. In May, she won the Republican nomination for reelection after defeating a conservative primary challenger. She initially announced that she would be retiring after her current term came to an end, stating that she wanted to spend more time at home. However, a year later, she announced that she would be seeking reelection after all.

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