Scotty McCreery doesn’t travel light, at least not when it comes to being armed and ready. McCreery was cited for trying to carry a loaded gun through a passenger checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. The country music crooner was at a firing range before heading the airport and forgot his gun was in his backpack.
Officials found a black, 9 mm, Smith and Wesson handgun and five 9 mm rounds in the handgun’s magazine and two boxes of ammo that contained 63 bullets in the backpack, according to an incident report made public by RDU police.
After the incident, McCreery told People, “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.”
From here on out, we’ll refer to McCreery as armed and dangerously forgetful.