Colorado State Rep Arrested For Bringing Loaded Gun To The Airport

Weld County Republican state Rep. Lori Saine accused of having gun at DIA; potential charges pending

Colorado Republican busted after trying to bring loaded handgun onto flight

She was arrested on suspicion of introducing a firearm into a transportation facility.

A Colorado state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Denver International Airport on suspicion of bringing a gun into the hub.

State Rep. Lori Saine "knowingly brought the handgun to the checkpoint" at the airport on Tuesday, according to a report written by Denver police officer Gregory Zimmerman. It had four rounds in its magazine, but none in the chamber.

Saine was held in jail overnight without bond, and was scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon in court. "At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Denver district attorney's office for consideration of possible charges".

Besides Saine, only one other person was arrested and jailed by police for possession of the weapon.

She said nothing during the hearing.

Saine did not make any comments during the hearing and her lawyer, Randy Corporon, declined to comment. I don't know why it says "knowingly" in the affidavit.

Saine was elected in 2012 and represents a largely rural, agricultural area about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Denver that's seen intense oil and gas activity and growing residential development.

Saine, a Weld County Republican, has advocated for gun rights and co-sponsored a 2017 bill to repeal some restrictions on ammunition magazines. The ban she was seeking to undo was enacted after the 2012 Aurora theater and Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

The Denver airport is ranked fifth in the nation for most guns confiscated each year, and the TSA seized 91 guns in 2016.

Firearms are allowed on planes if they are properly stored in checked luggage and declared.

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