Country singer and “American Idol” Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery has been cited after he carried a loaded handgun with him at a North Carolina airport earlier this month, authorities said.

Authorities said they found a loaded 9-millimeter handgun in McCreery’s backpack at a security checkpoint on July 13 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The singer told authorities that he had been at a firing range and forgot to take the gun out. He was flying from his native North Carolina to Nashville, Tenn.


McCreery, 23, had a valid concealed carry permit with him, authorities said. He was cited for a misdemeanor concealed weapon permit violation and released.

“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,” McCreery told People. “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 rightly confiscated it,” McCreery continued. “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.”

Nearly one year ago, McCreery witnessed the sentencing of Mikkail Jamal Shaw to 17 years in prison for the 2014 home invasion. McCreery and three of his friends were robbed at gunpoint with a pistol and assault rifle inside of a Raleigh home.


Still, McCreery does not let the frightening experience keep him from putting himself in the public eye to do what he loves.

I found this to be pretty darn incredible.

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Like many country singers, supporting our nation’s troops is very important to Scotty McCreery. So much so that he recorded and released a tribute song for one of our fallen soldiers.


Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter served two tours for the United States Marines  in Afghanistan and came under enemy fire in 2011. Carpenter, unfortunately, died five days later. At the time of his death, his wife was carrying their first child, Landon.

The town where he was laid to rest, Columbia, Tennessee, later named a highway after Carpenter as a way to honor him, his family, and his service. McCreery heard about his story and decided to tell it in the emotional song “The Dash”.

The music video includes clips of Carpenter and his family which they will truly break your heart. McCreery sings “It ain’t about the numbers/Chiseled in concrete/It’s how they lived their lives/In the dash between” to remind us all to not focus on the death of a loved one, but their life.

Videos like this remind us of what true heroes sacrifice each day. Sometimes we take our freedom for granted and forget about the men and women who deserve recognition for their work every day.

Watch McCreery’s emotional music video below.

While serving in the US Marines on his second tour in Afghanistan, Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpeter came under enemy fire on Valentine’s Day, 2011. He died 5 days later. His wife was carrying this first child, Landon, at the time of Andrew’s death. 

Andrew was laid to rest in Polk Memorial Gardens just outside Nashville in Columbia TN. The town of Columbia later named a highway in honor of Andrew and his service.

Scotty heard Andrew’s story and decided to honor his service by telling his story via his song “The Dash”.

Beautiful! God Bless.

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