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Former UNC Board Chair arrested after gun found at Charlotte airport

Posted February 12

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— John Fennebresque, former chair of the UNC Board of Governors, was arrested Thursday around 10 a.m. after taking a bag with a gun through a security checkpoint at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report.

Officers charged Fennebresque with possession of a firearm on city property.

Fennebresque—now an attorney in Charlotte—was elected chair in 2014 after serving on the board in 1995.

According to WBTV, Fennebresque said he took his family for private classes at a gun range and forgot to take the gun out of his bag.

Fennebresque was released Thursday on a $500 bond.

No further information has been released.

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  • Janet Ghumri Feb 12, 2016
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    What concerns me is the wording of the article. It sounds like he made it through security with the gun in his bag. Then he was arrested. I'm hoping that is incorrect, and that TSA noticed the gun going through the security check point (x-ray) pulled him out of line, preformed a through search of his person, secured the bag, detained him, and then the police arrested him. That would be the correct progression of events.
    As far as the 'forgetting' the gun was in the bag, I think he tried to come up with a likely story. What else are you going to say when you get nabbed with a gun at the airport? (Without sounding like a nut-case or a threat to security)

  • Larry Wiandt Feb 12, 2016
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    Easy if you packed it to go on a week end trip and took a firearm then get back and turn around to go somewhere else.

  • Edward Anderson Feb 12, 2016
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    I'm not saying I don't forget things, but a responsible gun owner should know where their firearms are. How does anyone forget they packed a gun? boggles the mind

  • Larry Wiandt Feb 12, 2016
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    Wow, I wish I was like you and have never forgotten one thin in my life!

  • Jim Bradshaw Feb 12, 2016
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    So, will he now be added to the "no fly list"?

  • Edward Anderson Feb 12, 2016
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    Forgot he had a gun??! This man does *NOT* need to be allowed to have a firearm, no way no how!