Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was arrested at an airport in his home state after going through security carrying a loaded handgun earlier this month, authorities said.
Barbour — who chaired the Republican National Committee in the mid-1990s and served as Mississippi’s governor between 2004 and 2012 — was cuffed by Transportation Security Administration officers after he says he went through security at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport on Jan. 2 carrying a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five bullets.
Barbour, 70, told an Associated Press reporter Tuesday that he had forgotten that the gun was in his briefcase.
“This was absentmindedness and nobody’s fault but mine,” Barbour said.
A spokesman confirmed Barbour’s arrest to the Daily News, calling it an “honest mistake.”
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the governor was arrested after an X-ray machine at the Jackson airport discovered the revolver.
Barbour said he will pay whatever fine he gets. Fines for carrying a loaded firearm at an airport checkpoint begins at $3,920, according to the TSA’s website.