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American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Caught With Gun At Airport!

Jul. 22 2017, Updated 10:50 p.m. ET

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American Idol winner Scotty McCreery had some gun trouble recently.

The popular performer was cited on July 13 at Raleigh Durham International Airport for having a loaded handgun.

Authorities told local media organizations that they found a loaded 9 millimeter handgun in McCreery's backpack at a security checkpoint.

McCreery, 23, told authorities he had been at a firing range and forgot to take the gun out. He was flying to Nashville, Tennessee.

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Authorities say he had a valid concealed carry permit. He was cited for a misdemeanor concealed weapon permit violation and released.

McCreery told WTVD-TV in a statement that he has learned a lesson he won't forget, adding, "I take gun safety very seriously."

The singer is a North Carolina native.

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