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Country singer Scotty McCreery was cited for carrying a loaded handgun at an airport

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Country singer Scotty McCreery was given a citation after authorities say he had a loaded handgun with him in Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Authorities said they found a loaded 9 millimeter handgun in McCreery's backpack at a security checkpoint on July 13.

He told authorities he had been at a firing range and forgot to take the gun out prior to his flight to Nashville, Tennessee.

Authorities say he had a valid concealed carry permit. He was cited for a misdemeanor concealed weapon permit violation and released.

McCreery told WTVD-TV in a statement that he has learned a lesson he won't forget, adding, "I take gun safety very seriously."

The singer is an "American Idol" winner and North Carolina native.

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