US comedian Mike Epps found with loaded gun in hand luggage at airport | Ent & Arts News

A loaded handgun found in actor and comedian Mike Epps’ hand luggage at an airport has been confiscated by US federal agents.

The 52-year-old was trying to board a flight from Indianapolis International Airport before the crash Sunday morning.

38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun inside his backpack, airport police said.

Epps told officers at the TSA checkpoint that he forgot he had the weapon in his bag.

Officers seized the weapon but did not arrest the comedian.

It is not yet known where Epps was flying to or if he was traveling alone.

The TSA forwarded the case to the Marion County Attorney’s Office to consider whether charges were necessary.

On Wednesday, spokesman Michael Leffler said the prosecutor’s office was reviewing the case.

He said: “These matters rarely result in criminal charges.

“I think it is important to note that the burden of proof required by law and case law requires proving whether an individual knowingly or intentionally carried a firearm.

“In general, the most common circumstance is that firearms located by TSA or airport police are unintentionally left in bags,” he added.

Epps, from Indianapolis, has starred in films such as The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2, Next Friday and Friday After Next.

He will also appear in the upcoming Marvel film Madame Web with Dakota Johnson, as well as the Apple TV+ series Lady In The Lake with Natalie Portman.

The TSA seized a record 6,542 handguns at US airports last year.

Most people who are stopped for a gun at an airport checkpoint say they forgot they were carrying their gun.


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