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   Congressman Stopped at Kentucky Airport with Gun

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4/20/2004 12:00 am

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Yahoo News: Iran

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Entered 4/20/2004, Updated 4/20/2004

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Indiana Republican Rep. John Hostettler, an avid hunter, mistakenly brought a 9-mm handgun to the Louisville, Kentucky, airport on Tuesday and was briefly detained, his press secretary said. "It was a careless mistake, the congressman acknowledged that," and he praised Transportation Security Administration screeners for detecting the weapon, his press secretary, Michael Jahr, said. A Transportation Security Authority spokesman did not disclose the name of the passenger, but said the gun was intercepted from a carry-on bag and the police and FBI (news - web sites) were notified. An FBI spokesman would not confirm whether an investigation was under way. Jahr said Hostettler, a five-term congressman representing southwest Indiana and an outspoken defender of gun owners' rights, was in a hurry to catch his flight back to Washington and grabbed the wrong bag from his car. He was not aware that the gun was inside but does have a permit for it.


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