LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Twenty-six-year-old David Huckabee -- a son of presidential Republican candidate Mike Huckabee -- was arrested at Little Rock's airport yesterday after an X-ray technician found a loaded Glock pistol in his carry-on luggage. David Huckabee -- who had a concealed weapons permit -- was charged with having a weapon in a prohibited place. He later pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Little Rock District Court and was released from jail.
District Judge Lee Munson sentenced him to a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered him to ten days of community service, which he can avoid by paying $100. His fines and court costs totaled $855. He also will be on probation for a year.
State police spokesman Bill Sadler said David Huckabee's concealed-gun permit also would be suspended but that Huckabee could seek a hearing on the issue.
Police say David Huckabee said he forgot he had the weapon inside his luggage. And Little Rock Police Lieutenant Terry Hastings said it is not unusual for people to forget they have a gun in their carry-on luggage.
Police say the 40-caliber Glock had eight live rounds in the clip but no bullet in the chamber. The pistol and ammunition were handed over to the Little Rock police.
Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas. Last week, the elder Huckabee said that Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho perhaps could have been stopped if a teacher or student had also been armed.
Authorities did not know where David Huckabee was heading as he was trying to board a plane. A Transportation Security Administration worker summoned police after seeing the image of a gun on the X-ray machine. Officials said David Huckabee was cooperative and other passengers were not endangered by the incident.