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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A state lawmaker from San Angelo has been charged with carrying a gun in his carry-on luggage at the Austin airport.

Austin police arrested state Rep. Drew Darby last week after inspectors found the pistol. He was charged with carrying a prohibited weapon in an airport, a third degree felony.

Darby's office did not have an immediate comment.

According to the arrest affidavit, the Republican was arrested on Nov. 14 after the loaded .380 caliber Ruger showed up in the x-ray screening. Darby told the arresting officer he holds a concealed handgun license and had forgotten the pistol was in his bag.

The Transportation Safety Administration has set a new record for gun seizures at airports this year, more than 1,500 nationwide by October, more than in all of 2012.

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