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March 9, 2022

Lawmaker Stopped By Airport Security After Loaded Gun Found in Bag

Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded pistol in California Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s luggage.

The TSA contacted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, which confiscated the weapon until Cooper returned to California.

The California lawmaker’s office said Cooper, a retired law enforcement officer running for Sacramento sheriff, accidentally brought a bag containing a loaded firearm to airport security.

While Cooper declined to comment on the incident, he stressed that, as a retired sheriff’s deputy, he was fully within his rights to carry a firearm.

Under California’s penal code, it is unlawful for a person to “knowingly possess” a firearm or other weapons within secure areas of airports. But it makes an exception for “a retired peace officer with authorization to carry concealed weapons.” The law prohibits retired peace officers from bringing guns onto airplanes.

Sgt. Rodney Grassmann of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said that a person typically arrives at airport security with a prohibited weapon “once every three to four weeks.”

According to Grassman, people who are not active military or peace officers are subject to misdemeanor citations, but the law for retired law enforcement is a “murkier area.”


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California lawmaker stopped at airport security after loaded gun found in bag

8 comments on Lawmaker Stopped By Airport Security After Loaded Gun Found in Bag

  1. Grizz Mann says:

    C’mon man! Just what any candidate needs, an accidental gun. nice going almost sheriff.

  2. Uncle Art says:

    Remember people do as they tell you, don’t do as they do !!! We know nothing is going to happen for his actions.. Also funny they always say – O’ I forgot I had it with me !! And that makes it OK. But if you say the same thing you will be called a lier and get arrested and labeled as a terrorist. ????????

  3. JOHN ALLEN says:

    Thanks, Petey ”Mr. Mom”!

  4. JOHN ALLEN says:

    Thanks, Petey ”Mr. Mom”!!

  5. jeff says:

    If that was you or me we would be cooling in a jail cell, not picking up our gun when we return.

  6. Robert Messmer says:

    Quote: “The California lawmaker’s office said Cooper, a retired law enforcement officer running for Sacramento sheriff, accidentally brought a bag containing a loaded firearm to airport security.” So his staff is claiming what exactly? That Cooper did not pack his own bag(s) for his trip? Or that Cooper packed his own bag(s) but DID NOT notice the loaded gun? How can you not know that you packed a loaded gun into your bag?

  7. Old wolf says:

    I smell a rat . This is a bs story . Funny how only the rich in California can carry weapons on a air plain . He forgot my azz . He knew it was there . But being a elite he’s privileged

  8. David says:

    Well… Assemblymember Jim Cooper IS a don’t do as I do, do as I say democrat!

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