The 23-year old McCreery was stopped by police at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, N.C., after a TSA found a loaded handgun in his backpack.
McCreery has a concealed permit, but was cited for a misdemeanor violation for trying to bring the gun through an airport checkpoint.
Here’s McCreery’s statement according to Billboard:
“I have been a concealed carry permit holder for a while now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously,” he said. “While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightfully confiscated it. I had my concealed carry permit on me so once they had checked everything out, they then released me to catch the next available flight. Great to know our airport security force is on the job. I have learned a lesson that I won’t forget.”