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Hornets’ executive stopped when he tried to fly with handgun

Oct 2, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

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This is far more innocent sounding than the headline implies. And as much as it is a stupid move, this story really just worries me more about the fine folks working for TSA than it does the individual involved.

A Hornets executive flew from New Orleans to the New York area with a gun in his bag, but was stopped on his return flight when he tried to board again, reports the New York Post (via SLAM).

New Orleans Hornets VP Joshua Richardson had allegedly taken the weapon on his trip to the New York area by accident after he grabbed his wife’s bag containing the weapon, instead of his own.
The b-ball blunder came to light last night after TSA agents at Newark Airport found the .38-caliber handgun in the luggage as Richardson tried to fly home, Port Authority police reported… He was charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon and was expected to be released on his own recognizance.

The gun is registered to his wife and it sounds like an innocent mistake. I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt here, because I can’t believe he was stupid enough to try to take a gun on a plane.

Two thoughts:

How did it get through TSA the first time, from New Orleans to Newark? It had to get up there, how did it get missed the first time around? This concerns me far more than what he accidentally did it.

Second, based on personal experience, taking something of your wife’s on accident will get him in far more trouble than he got in with TSA. If I took my wife’s bag on accident on a trip, I might as well have just stayed in New York.

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