Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was caught by airport security with gun in his bag at a Houston airport. Read on to see the repercussions.
While going through security at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, TSA agents discovered a loaded Glock 26 handgun in a bag belonging to Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard.
Upon discovery of the handgun, Howard was detained and questioned by law enforcement officials at the airport.
He claimed that he forgot about the gun and accidentally left it in his bag. Ultimately, Dwight Howard was not arrested and security officials allowed him to board his flight after turning over his handgun to a friend.
TSA notes that this sort of thing happens all the time and that hundreds of guns are discovered by security personnel at airports all over the country each year. 77 guns were found at Houston Intercontinental Airport in 2014 alone.
A representative from the Houston District Attorney’s office has announced that they will not be pressing charges against Dwight Howard for this offense.
Texas recently enacted a new law that allows a person with a valid concealed handgun license holder to avoid arrest and prosecution for bringing a pistol into an airport’s secure zone as long as the person immediately leaves the area and cooperates with law enforcement officers after being told about the weapon.
Though it is not 100 percent clear if this is why Howard was released and will not be charged regarding this incident, it certainly appears to be the case.