Weapon charge against West Texas lawmaker dropped

Rep. Drew Darby

AUSTIN (AP) — An Austin judge has dismissed the case against a state lawmaker from San Angelo accused of carrying a gun in his carry-on luggage at Austin’s airport.

The San Angelo Standard-Times reports state District Judge Cliff Brown dropped the case against state Rep. Drew Darby at the request of the Travis County district attorney’s office.

Austin police arrested Darby on Nov. 14 after inspectors found a loaded pistol. He was charged with carrying a prohibited weapon in an airport, a third degree felony. Darby told the arresting officer he holds a concealed handgun license and had forgotten the pistol was in his bag. Prosecutor Buddy Meyer said the investigation backed up that statement.

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