CAWTHORN GOT CAUGHT TRYING TO CARRY A GUN ON ASHEVILLE FLIGHT: U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a first-term lawmaker from far-western North Carolina, attempted to bring a handgun through security at the Asheville airport in February. His congressional spokesman said it was done in error. A Glock 9mm handgun was taken from Cawthorn’s bag as he attempted to go through security on Feb. 13, 2021, according to audio first obtained and posted online Thursday by a group trying to oust the congressman from office. Officers from the airport’s Department of Public Safety first wanted Cawthorn to bring the weapon to his car, but elected to hold onto the gun because Cawthorn’s flight was leaving in “seven minutes,” according to the audio. Done in error my ass. He did it on purpose because he knew it would get in the paper and impress his gun-nut base. I f you or I did that. we'd be locked up pronto.