Gun Control Advocate busted for taking loaded gun through airport.
State Sen. Donne Trotter Arrested For Trying To Take Gun On Plane
CHICAGO (CBS) â€“ An Illinois state senator running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly tried to bring a gun onto a plane at Oâ€™Hare International Airport.
Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) was charged with a felony count of attempting to board an aircraft with a weapon, according to the Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s office. The charge carries a penalty of 1 to 3 years in jail.
WBBM Newsradioâ€™s Steve Miller reports Chicago police said TSA agents found the gun in a carry-on bag around 7 a.m. as Trotter was going through a security checkpoint. A TSA spokesperson said in an email that the gun was loaded with seven rounds, but there was not a round in the gunâ€™s chamber.
A police spokeswoman said Trotter is licensed to carry a weapon and has a valid Firearm Ownerâ€™s Identification card.
State Sen. Donne Trotter was charged with a felony after TSA agents found a loaded gun in his bag as he went through security at Oâ€™Hare International Airport on Dec. 5, 2012. (Credit: Chicago Police)
Updated 12/5/12 â€“ 8:51 p.m.
Trotter, 62, has been a state senator since 1993. Before that, he was a state representative from 1988 to 1993. During his time in the legislature, he has regularly been an anti-gun vote, and has opposed legislation that would allow for concealed carry in Illinois.