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Colorado lawmaker arrested after loaded gun found in bag by TSA agent

Police forwarded a pre-filed charge of introduction of a firearm into a transportation facility, a Class 6 felony with a possible 18-month sentence and fines up to $100,000.

A Colorado state representative was arrested Tuesday for bringing a loaded gun to Denver International Airport.

According to the probable cause statement, officers first went to DIA's north screening checkpoint at around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report that a TSA agent saw what appeared to be a loaded gun in Saine's bag in an x-ray machine.

This undated booking photo provided by the Denver police shows Colorado state Rep. Lori Saine. She has not yet been charged and will be released from jail Wednesday night on a personal recognizance bond.

The 43-year-old Saine was taken into custody and questioned, and she requested an attorney before she was taken to jail.

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

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

Saine has been a defender of gun rights while at the Colorado Capitol, battling against a bill banning high-capacity ammunition magazines in 2013. The ban she was seeking to undo was enacted after the 2012 Aurora theater and Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

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

DIA ranked fifth highest for firearms discovered in carry-on bags in the United States previous year.



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