Authorities said Texas state Rep. Drew Darby (R) tried to take a .38 caliber Ruger pistol with six rounds of ammunition through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.
When the gun was spotted by security, Darby reportedly told an an officer it was his, that he had a concealed pistol license and had forgotten it was in his bag.
The paper reported he was booked at the Travis County Jail on Nov. 14. He was released a few hours later on a $5,000 bond.
Darby later released a statment saying regretted the incident, according to the Associated Press.