AUSTIN (KXAN) — Addendum to story below.
A Georgetown man was arrested Tuesday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after TSA agents found a semi-automatic handgun and two magazines inside his carry-on bag, according to the arrest affidavit. David Bryce Patnode, 36, was charged with bringing a weapon into a prohibited place.
Patnode told police he had been hunting a couple of weeks ago and forgot the gun was still in the backpack.
He could face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
Last week, someone tried to take a compound bow and a samurai sword through security at ABIA. You can bring those weapons on a plane in checked baggage, but not as a carry-on.
Editor’s Note: In April 2015, the prosecutor agreed to drop the charges as long as Patnode agreed to completing a firearms safety course and agree to not apply for a CHL anytime during the next 12 months. Patnode also had to pay a TSA fine as well.