Scotty McCreery was in some hot water over last week when he was cited for bringing a loaded gun into Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. According to TMZ, the singer had the 9mm in his backpack when he went through security. Scotty says he was at target practice and simply forgot the loaded gun was with him.
Scotty is a carry permit holder, and says it was an honest mistake and has since released a statement to Billboard.
“I have been a concealed carry permit holder for a while now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously. While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightfully confiscated it. I had my concealed carry permit on me so once they had checked everything out, they then released me to catch the next available flight. Great to know our airport security force is on the job. I have learned a lesson that I won’t forget.”