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Former Gov. Haley Barbour arrested at airport with loaded handgun, report says

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in April 2015
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in April 2015 AP file

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was arrested for having a loaded handgun at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson on Jan. 2, according to the Associated Press.

The Transportation Security Administration told the AP a .38 caliber revolver, loaded with five bullets, was spotted in an x-ray machine at a security checkpoint. Police later arrested Barbour, who has since said he’ll pay a fine. The fine for having a loaded gun at an airport checkpoint begins at $3,920.

Barbour told the AP he was boarding a flight from Jackson to Washington and forgot he was carrying the gun in his briefcase.

“This was absentmindedness and nobody's fault but mine,” Barbour told the AP.

Barbour served as Mississippi’s governor from 2004-12 and was the Republican National Committee chairman from 1993-97. Prior to that, he was a lobbyist in Washington D.C.

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