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Scotty McCreery cited for having gun, ammo at RDU

Posted July 21

— Garner native and country music singer Scotty McCreery was cited last week after he was found in possession of a gun and ammunition at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

According to an incident report, McCreery tried to bring a 9 mm Smith & Wesson through an airport security checkpoint on July 13 on a flight to Nashville, Tennessee.

McCreery told authorities he went to a firing range before going to the airport and forgot to remove the weapon from his backpack.

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Five bullets were found in the magazine, along with two boxes of ammunition.

McCreery was cited with a concealed weapon permit violation and was released. He was not arrested.

Authorities said that cases similar to these have been dismissed upon compliance with FAA fines and gun safety training.

According to a Wake County Assistant District Attorney, because he has a carry conceal permit, he will likely receive a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration, along with a $1,500 fine. Once he pays the fine, the charges will likely be dropped.


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  • Jason Fountain Jul 23, 10:55 a.m.
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    I'm not one to usually play the race card, but if he was a black rapper I'm thinking to consequences me have differed.

  • Ray Rivera Jul 22, 7:52 p.m.
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    Having a CCW and carrying a firearm is a serious responsibility. Once you have that, always knowing where your firearm(s) is located is a must. PERIOD!

  • Patrick Gentry Jul 22, 5:44 p.m.
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    Or just drive they have reprocity and no security checkpoints, I mean Nashville is only 8 hour drive from Garner. Just make sure you brush up on TN conceal carry laws because you are required to abide by TN laws while in TN.

    I drove to Nashville once from Raleigh for a business conference. They wouldn't even fly us because we were too close for them to pay for airfare based on company policy.

    On a separate note, I really wish NC would be more like TN their carry conceal permit is an actual plastic Photo ID Card like a DL, also you get it from a driver service center (it's the TN equivalent of a DMV since they don't have a Department/Divison of Motor Vehicles they a Department of Saftey and Homeland Security. Also they have the option for a lifetime CCW and offer discounts for all current, retired, and honorably discharged military.

    Hate NC's system of paper permits and having to go through the county instead of state.

  • Patrick Gentry Jul 22, 5:30 p.m.
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    I'm sure the next time your pulled over for speeding your going to be as equally concerned about accountability and immediately surrender your driver's license and start taking the bus instead; right?

    Stop the hypocrisy, he made a mistake, wether it was intentional or not is irrelevant it's a minor infraction just like speeding less than 15 MPH over the speed limit.

    He will pay his fine to the FAA, likely take a firearm safety course, and they will drop the permit violation charge so he doesn't lose his CCW permit.

    Losing your CCW permit is serious stuff once you lose it, rarely can you get it back. Also in NC their are numerous minor offenses that can result in loss of a CCW permit. Which is why in cases like this, they dismiss if you take a safety course, conviction results in a lifetime ban for CCW.

  • Patrick Gentry Jul 22, 5:24 p.m.
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    Just an FYI it's a violation of conceal carry laws to take a concealed weapon to a prohibited area in this case anywhere on RDU grounds.

    Here is the law, please learn it: http://www.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/32344299-a2a7-4ae5-99fd-9018262f64ac/NC-Firearms-gun-Laws.aspx

  • Alan Ward Jul 22, 7:51 a.m.
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    If he wanted to carry his firearm to Nashville, he should have put it in a lockable case and declared it at check in. It's not illegal to fly it with you, just not in your carry on...

  • Phillip Holmes Jul 22, 6:32 a.m.
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    I'm pretty sure ole Scotty knew exactly where his gun was. Once he was caught with it he probably just said he forgot it was there , just trying to come up with some sort of an excuse.
    Dont forget, Scotty was a victim of a brutal break in and robbery not so long ago with some of his friends over at I believe an NC State dorm ......Im guessing that shortly after that is when he got his ccw permit..........good move on that Scotty .....Just remember where you can and cant carry

  • Bobby Caudle Jul 22, 5:36 a.m.
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    stupid is as stupid does, bs you should always know where your gun is

  • Woodrow Yonts Jul 22, 12:07 a.m.
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    I think this is a very good point.

  • Tom Harris Jul 21, 11:59 p.m.
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    If he is that careless in keeping track of his loaded firearm, his concealed carry permit should be revoked. At some point, there needs to be some accountability.