Largo man was arrested after he carried a concealed gun through airport security checkpoint www.privateofficer.com
Charles Wright, 45, attempted to pass through security at the airport at about 6:45 a.m., Pinellas sheriff’s deputies said. His backpack, when put through the checkpoint’s X-ray machine, was found to have a loaded Kel-Tec .32-caliber pistol inside.
Transportation Security Administration agents at the airport called the sheriff’s office. Wright, a boat mechanic, said he typically carried the gun while working at night for protection. He was on his way to Kentucky to visit relatives and forgot to remove the firearm from his bag, he said.
Wright was released Friday on a $5,000 bond, according to jail records.