'American Idol' Winner Scotty McCreery Cited for Bringing Loaded Gun to Airport
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'I have learned a lesson that I won't forget,' the 23-year-old said in a statement after being cited for being in possession of a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun and ammunition containing 63 bullets.

AceShowbiz - %cScotty McCreery% recently experienced a dramatic incident at the airport. The winner of "American Idol" season 10 was cited with a CCW Permit Violation for attempting to carry a loaded gun through an airport security checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina on Thursday, July 13.

The Garner native was stopped by RDU police for being in possession of a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun and ammunition containing 63 bullets. According to ABC11, the items were spotted in the singer's backpack by X-ray machines.

The singer said that the gun was from the target shooting earlier in the day, but then he forgot to remove the loaded weapon. "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," Scotty stated in a statement.

"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," he added. "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," the 23-year-old went on saying.

The singer was released on Friday, July 21. He has a court date pending for the citation. He was scheduled to perform in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday night.

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