Monday 26 June 2017

Rock guitarist 'meant no harm' when he carried loaded gun onto flight - says manager

Rick Derringer performs during a campaign rally kicking off George Wallace Jr's bid for the office of lieutenant governor in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Rick Derringer performs during a campaign rally kicking off George Wallace Jr's bid for the office of lieutenant governor in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Jeff Martin

Rock guitarist Rick Derringer's manager said the musician meant no harm when he carried a loaded gun in his carry-on bag on a flight from Mexico to the US - and vowed to clear his name.

Derringer is charged with having a gun in a secure area at Atlanta's airport.

Prosecutors said Derringer carried a loaded gun on a Delta Air Lines flight from Cancun, Mexico, and landed in Atlanta, Georgia. He was stopped after landing in Atlanta.

A federal air marshal quoted in court records that Derringer told him he often flies with a gun in his carry-on and has never had a problem.

Derringer's manager, Kenn Moutenot, said Derringer thought he was permitted to have the gun because he has a licence to carry one, and that he will work with the government to clear his name.

Derringer was charged with unlawfully entering an airport's secure area on January 9.

A Transportation Security Administration spokesman had no immediate comment.

Derringer sang the 1965 hit Hang on Sloopy and later recorded Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.

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