LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- David Huckabee, a son of presidential Republican candidate Mike Huckabee, was arrested at Little Rock's airport on Thursday after an X-ray technician found a loaded Glock pistol in his carry-on luggage. David Huckabee, who had a concealed weapons permit, was charged with having a weapon in a prohibited place.
He later pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Little Rock District Court and was released from jail.
District Judge Lee Munson
sentenced him to a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered him to 10 days
of community service, which he can avoid by paying $100. His
fines and court costs totaled $855. He
also will be on probation for a year.
State police spokesman Bill
Sadler said David Huckabee's concealed-gun permit also would be suspended but
that Huckabee could seek a hearing on the issue.
Police say David Huckabee said
he forgot he had the weapon inside his luggage. Little
Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings said it is not unusual for people to forget they
have a gun in their carry-on luggage.
Police say the .40-caliber
Glock had eight live rounds in the clip but no bullet in the chamber. The
pistol and ammunition were handed over to the Little Rock police.
Mike Huckabee is a former
governor of Arkansas. Last week,
Mike Huckabee said Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho perhaps could have been
stopped if a teacher or student had also been armed.
David Huckabee didn’t
returned reporters’ telephone messages on Thursday seeking comment.
Mike Huckabee issued a statement through his campaign committee.
"I love my son but
what he did was irresponsible, but not intentional. The
right to carry a firearm has to be balanced with an equal responsibility to not
make foolish errors like forgetting about it being in one's briefcase.
He was treated courteously and professionally but received no
special treatment and he shouldn't have,” the governor said in the prepared
"David has to accept
full responsibility and the consequences of his actions as any other adult --
and he is doing that. I make no excuses for him and would expect him to
accept whatever penalties are given.
It is the court's responsibility to properly consequence him
for a foolish act but his family's responsibility to love him and temper our
disappointment with our support.”
Authorities did not know where
David Huckabee was heading as he was trying to board a plane. A
Transportation Security Administration worker summoned police after seeing the
image of a gun on the X-ray machine. Officials
said David Huckabee was cooperative and other passengers were not endangered by