Texas Republican Arrested for Trying To Bring Gun On a Plane

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Texas Republican State Rep. Drew Darby

Republican State Rep. Drew Darby of San Angelo has no regard for the law, apparently. Earlier this month, he tried to bring a gun into a plane cabin with him. And ammo.

Rep. Darby, a rabid voice against gun safety laws, went into police custody at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and a faces a felony charge. He is now out on bail.

Below the jump, read why Rep. Darby may never be allowed to carry a gun in Texas again.If Rep. Darby is convicted of the felony charge, he will be forever ineligible for a concealed carry permit in our state. And that's something we could all be thankful for this holiday season. In a lukewarm statement, the Republican claimed he forgot the gun and ammo were in his bag, and said he regrets the incident.

If the representative had been successful in getting that bag on the plane, anything could have happened. To anyone on that plane, or to the entire plane itself. A gun on a plane is nothing more or less than a gun on a plane.

Rep. Darby doesn't even deserve to have the job he has, let alone a concealed carry permit. His disrespect for the law has already been obvious; this year, the guy introduced a bill nullifying federal gun laws, which is the (il)legal equivalent of trying to void the American flag in Texas. It's insane.

Get the gun out of this man's hands before he does serious damage.


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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.


  1. ScalesOnYourEyes on

    thank god
    Thank God for the TSA. This terrorist obviously does not know how to handle a weapon – you should NEVER keep a loaded gun in a bag. Who knows what could happen. His socks could've gotten tangled in the trigger and we would've had a hijacking. The laws are in place to protect us and this terrorist has no regard for it!

    • ScalesOnYourEyes on

      “forgot”…yeah right. does he forget when his keys and wallet are in his bag too? we're on to you rep darby. we know you wanted to shoot up that plane. i hope they prosecute him to fullest extent of the law and put him on a no fly list. he probably tried to sneak on some water too.

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