Updated: David Huckabee Reacts To Arrest

    5:29 PM, Apr 26, 2007   |    comments
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    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee has issued the following comment in response to the arrest of his son:

    " I love my son but what he did was irresponsible, but not intentional. The right to carry a firearm has to be balanced with an equal responsibility to not make foolish errors like forgetting about it being in one's briefcase. He was treated courteously and professionally but received no special treatment and he shouldn't have.

    "David has to accept full responsibility and the consequences of his actions as any other adult -- and he is doing that. I make no excuses for him and would expect him to accept whatever penalties are given. It is the court's responsibility to properly consequence him for a foolish act but his family's responsibility to love him and temper our disappointment with our support.”

    David Huckabee, 26, the son of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly attempting to board an airplane with a handgun at Little Rock National Airport. After being released from the Pulaski County Jail, Huckabee called the incident "a silly mistake" and said "it shouldn't" affect his father's presidential campaign. According to the police report, the gun was a Glock and had a clip in it. Huckabee was asked if he knew what was in the bag, and “he replied he did now.” The report says he told authorities that he forgot the gun was in the bag. Huckabee was arrested for carrying a weapon in a prohibited place at about 6 a.m. He later pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in Little Rock District Court. District Judge Lee Munson sentenced him to a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered him to 10 days of community service, which he can avoid by paying $100. His fines and court costs totaled $855. He also will be on probation for a year. Police say David Huckabee said he forgot he had the weapon inside his luggage. And Little Rock Police Lt. Terry Hastings said it is not unusual for people to forget they have a gun in their carry-on luggage. Police say the 40-caliber Glock had eight live rounds in the clip but no bullet in the chamber. The pistol and ammunition were handed over to the Little Rock police. Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas. Last week, the elder Huckabee said that Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui perhaps could have been stopped if a teacher or student had also been armed. Authorities did not know where David Huckabee was heading as he was trying to board a plane. A Transportation Security Administration worker summoned police after seeing the image of a gun on the X-ray machine. Officials said David Huckabee was cooperative and other passengers were not endangered by the incident. The Arkansas State Police suspended Huckabee's concealed-weapon permit and once it receives word from the court about the guilty plea it will convert to a permanent revocation. Because people are barred from holding a concealed-gun permit if they have a weapons-related violation on their record from the previous five years, it will be 2012 before Huckabee can reapply, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Stay with Today’s THV and todaysthv.com for the latest on this developing story.

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