Law and Order Actor arrested for accidentally carrying a concealed handgun through airport security

This guy's life may well be ruined for what is a simple mistake. However, he should have gotten a concealed handgun permit.

Los Angeles -- He's played a police officer on-screen and off, and now veteran actor Dennis Farina is on the other side of the law.

Farina was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport today when investigators say an unregistered handgun was found in his briefcase as he attempted to board an airplane. The gun was loaded at the time, police said.

Farina, 64, was described as "very apologetic and cooperative" by Airport Police as he was handcuffed at the United Airlines terminal, where he was booked on a flight to Chicago.

The actor told police he had driven in from Arizona to catch a flight to Chicago from LAX and that he had forgotten he had the gun in the briefcase. Farina, a former Chicago police officer, admitted he did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon at the time of his arrest, police said.

He was originally charged with a misdemeanor weapons charge and was taken to the LAPD Pacific station, and his bail was first set at $25,000. But the charges were then upgraded to a felony, as the .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol was not registered.

Farina was transferred to the LAPD Van Nuys station, which is equipped to examine persons under a doctor's care. The new bail figure was not available from LAX Police, and LAPD would not comment. . . . .

UPDATE: The LA Times has this:

Actor Dennis Farina arrested for bringing gun to airport
The former 'Law and Order' actor, who tried to board a flight at LAX with a handgun, tells police he forgot it was in his briefcase.
By Jean-Paul Renaud
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

May 12, 2008

Dennis Farina is a bum shot.

Still, Los Angeles International Airport police took no chances Sunday with the former "Law and Order" actor, who was teased for his poor shooting skills during his earlier career as a Chicago police officer.

Farina, 64, was booked in a felony case after LAX screeners found a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he prepared to board a plane.

The actor, who is often cast as a foul-mouthed mobster or cop, was contrite when he told airport police and FBI agents that he had forgotten he put the .22-caliber semi-automatic weapon in the case, authorities said. He spent most of the day in a Van Nuys jail and was released on $35,000 bail.

"He was apologetic and very cooperative, and he said he understood what was going to happen," said LAX Police Sgt. Jim Holcomb. . . .

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Blogger James said...

Because this 62-year-old millionaire former cop carrying a .22 pistol in his suitcase is a huge threat to everyone. Glad they were able to avert certain disaster.

5/12/2008 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Farina might be eligible for a concealed carrry permit as he is a celebrity, but the basic rule in Los Angeles County is may issue=won't issue unless you are connected to someone in government via your wallet or you are otherwise influential.

Sorting carry permits by zip codes proves this out easily...the permits follow money and celebrity, they do not follow where the violence is.

It is a racist and classist outcome, whatever Lee Baca and LAPD Chief Bratton say or intend.

Sure be nice if all states had reciprocal agreements to recognize each's permits, or all states were "shall issue".

This outcome is not limited to Los Angeles, either, or likely CA. I expect if you could examine carry permits in Chicago, they are clearly limited to Daley-connected people of means.

That is how "government" operates too often, and why monompolies granted to government should be limited carefully. A monopoly on violent force is very bad for the poor.

5/12/2008 12:07 PM  
Blogger Schism said...

I lived in California for 15 years. Unless things have changed recently, there is no requirement to register a handgun with any particular agency in California. What gives?

5/17/2008 11:02 PM  

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