TX: Rep. Darby ‘unlawful weapon carrry’ charge dropped

TX: Rep. Darby ‘unlawful weapon carrry’ charge dropped

by Lou Ann Anderson

An unlawful weapon carrying charge against state Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, was dropped earlier this month in connection with the legislator’s Nov. 14 arrest by Transportation Security Administration officers after a handgun was discovered in his carry-on bag at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The Houston Chronicle recently reported on new Transportation Security Administration-released numbers regarding airport confiscations of guns. The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative analyzed cumulative TSA data from the agency’s official blog and while Atlanta came in first, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport were second and third for numbers of loaded or chambered handguns confiscated at TSA checkpoints during 2013.


The study further revealed that in 2013 an average of five guns per day was seized in airports across the nation. The 1,828 confiscated represent a third straight year of confiscation increases with last year marking the largest rise – up 20 percent. Note also this number is expected to rise slightly when the official year-end numbers are released.


The Chronicle further offered this perspective:


Brian Mobley, a concealed handgun instructor at the Arm’s Room in League City says the  rise in confiscated weapons has everything to do with the rise in number of Americans  who are carrying these days.

“Most of the weapons confiscated in 2013 had gun permits and were found in the carry-on luggage of passengers,” he says. Add to that a lack of gun education and you have problems at checkpoints.

An overwhelming number of the handguns found were .380s, which are popular with those who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun.


Fox News also reported:


Some experts say that the findings are not all that significant.

“If you look at the numbers, none of them are terrorists,” Douglas Laird, an airport security expert and former secret service agent told FoxNews.com. “They are people who violated TSA rules.”

“I have mixed feelings about the numbers,” he said, adding, “99.9999 percent of the people who had gun confiscated were not going to commit terrorist acts.”


Some may view Darby as receiving special treatment, but in reality, the dismissal of Darby’s charges was likely the more prudent move.

Darby, a concealed handgun license holder, was arrested when an X-ray machine… Continued here: http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2014/01/14/darby-unlawful-weapon-carrry-charge-dropped/

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