Leading anti-gun attorney arrested after airport security found handgun in carry-on bag
A prominent Cleveland civil rights attorney was arrested Saturday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in connection with carrying a concealed weapon.
David Malik was arrested about 4:15 p.m. after airport security found an unloaded .22 caliber handgun and a box of ammunition in his carry-on bag, records show.
"I participated in a target shooting class recently with a certified CCW instructor and I simply forgot to remove it from my bag," Malik said in a statement. "I used the bag to pack for my trip. It was a stupid mistake."
Malik spent Saturday night in jail and was released on bond Sunday morning, according to Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.
He is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Cleveland Municipal Court.
"What's interesting about David is he is such an anti-gun person," Loomis said. . . .UPDATE: From today. He seems to be agreeing that he accidentally carried the gun in his carry-on bad, so it isn't clear why he is pleading not guilty. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: