You’ll remember when this past summer State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, the responsible gun owner and protector of the Second Amendment, “forgot” that he had a loaded hand gun in his carry on bag as he attempted to board a plane at the Salisbury, MD regional airport. The responsible gun owner had a license to carry a concealed weapon in Delaware, but not in Maryland. And he had no license anywhere in any state to carry a loaded gun onto a plane.
Well, he entered in a plea agreement this past Friday. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of having a concealed handgun on his person, and the felony charge of carrying an firearm onto an aircraft was dismissed. He will serve 18 months of unsupervised probation. He was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He had to surrender his gun.
I will take him at his word that he just made an “honest mistake,” and that when he is not rushed and in a hurry, he is a responsible gun owner. And hopefully he now has a realization that common sense regulation of guns are in fact reasonable given the fact that not all people are such responsible and safe gun owners like Senator Pettyjohn. I look forward to his sponsorship of several gun control legislation this coming legislative session.