The Pellston Airport was an exciting place on July 15 when Michigan State Representative Lee Chatfield tried to board a plane with a handgun. What?!?! He claims he always carries the gun and forgot that he packed it in his bag.
(Has that ever happened to you? No? Me neither.)
Oh yeah, and it turns out the firearm isn’t registered. Mea culpa on that too from Chatfield.
Michigan Compiled Law 28.422 says that you have to register your guns. MCL 28.422(1) says that it’s illegal to carry or transport a pistol without first having gotten a license. I’m not completely clear on what the penalty is though. Trying to board a commercial plane with a gun also violates a whole bunch of federal laws.
Authorities say they’ve handed the case over to the Emmet County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges. Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Linderman says he doesn’t comment on cases that are submitted to his office.