Rep. Madison Cawthorn was cited at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport for being in possession of a gun.
Police said the firearm was found inside one of Cawthorn's bags.
“Mr. Cawthorn stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) said in a statement.
Police said it's illegal for a person to carry a "dangerous weapon" on city property in Charlotte.
Police took possession of the weapon and released Cawthorn with a citation, which they said is normal procedure.
This is not the first time Cawthorn has been caught with a gun at an airport. WCNC in Charlotte reports the congressman was stopped at Asheville Regional Airport in February 2021 when a loaded gun was found in his bag.
Cawthorn has not commented on the latest incident.