Congresswoman Arrested

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(TheIndependentStar.com) – In what might as well be deemed a new case of a high-profile Republican targeted unfairly, a Republican US congresswoman has been arrested and slapped with a weapons charge for allegedly violating airport security regulations.

GOP Indiana Representative Victoria Spartz faced the weapons charge at Virginia’s Washington Dulles International Airport, according to a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), The Daily Caller reports.

NBC News reported that the charge was filed under Virginia law, which strictly prohibits the possession or transportation of any dangerous weapons within any air carrier airport terminal.

The legal specifics were confirmed by Crystal L. Nosal, another MWAA spokesperson, to the Daily Caller.

Nosal specified that the charge was pursuant to section “18.2-287.01 of the Virginia code,” a statute under which violations are classified as misdemeanors.

During a security screening process, Transportation Security Agency (TSA) personnel discovered an unloaded “.380 caliber firearm” in a carry-on bag, a TSA spokesperson revealed to Axios. This prompted the subsequent legal action against Rep. Spartz.

A representative for Spartz clarified the circumstances surrounding the incident. The citation was issued just before her scheduled international flight to attend a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Romania.

“Last Friday, Rep. Spartz accidentally carried an empty handgun in her suitcase with no magazine or bullets, which she did not realize was in the pocket of her suitcase, while going through security at Dulles airport,” the spokesperson claimed.

First elected in 2020, Rep. Spartz is actively campaigning for a third term in Congress. Notably, she is the first—and thus far the only—Ukrainian-born citizen to serve as a U.S. Congress member, as reported by WISH-TV.

The TSA retains the authority to impose fines up to $15,000 and to revoke PreCheck eligibility for up to five years for violations of this nature, according to a report by Axios.

Legal avenues exist to potentially mitigate the severity of such civil penalties, as noted by Robert Herron Law, P.C. on their website. They mention that it is “very likely” possible to reduce the total amount of the civil penalty associated with such a charge.

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