Scotty McCreery was cited for a misdemeanor violation for attempting to carry a loaded gun through an airport security checkpoint, authorities told Raleigh's News & Observer. The incident occurred at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina on July 13.
The country singer, who was 2011's (season 10) American Idol winner, was stopped at 6 p.m. local time when a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee saw the weapon in McCreery's backpack on an X-ray screen. An incident report said police found a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun loaded with five rounds, as well as two boxes of ammo containing 63 bullets.
McCreery told police he'd been at a firing range prior to going to the airport and had forgotten to remove the weapon. Though he has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, he was cited for trying to bring the gun through the TSA checkpoint and board a plane with it.