Calif. lawmaker pleads no contest to airport gun charges

SACRAMENTO, CA. (AP) - A state lawmaker has been fined more than $2,200 for carrying a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he tried to board a flight to Sacramento earlier this year.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly pleaded no contest on Monday to two misdemeanor charges: illegally carrying a loaded firearm and possessing a prohibited item in a secure area of Ontario International Airport.

Christopher Lee, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office, says Donnelly was immediately placed on informal probation for three years.

His Colt .45 will be destroyed.

Donnelly, a Republican who has spoken in favor of gun-owners' rights, has said he unintentionally had the weapon in his briefcase as he traveled to the state Capitol.

His attorney, Rod Pacheco, calls the plea "a fair resolution."


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