Court appearance for man with gun in carry-on at RIC

Christopher Shackelford
Christopher Shackelford

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia Beach man appeared in court Wednesday for arraignment after bringing a loaded weapon into the Richmond International Airport.

Christopher Shackelford, 46, claimed it was all an accident. He told police he didn't mean to bring a loaded gun into the airport, but he was still issued a court summons.

TSA agents found the loaded 45-caliber gun packed in his carry-on luggage at the security check point November 21.

Shackelford said he didn't realize the loaded gun was in there.

Under certain circumstances people are allowed to pack certain weapons in their check baggage but not in carry-on luggage.

Shackelford told the judge Wednesday he will hire his own attorney.  He returns to court January 5.

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